- Cole Hamels continues to drag his feet, turning in yet another poor start. Hamels lasted just six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
- Hamels was once again given an early lead to work with, but slowly spit it up over his six frames of work. He allowed four doubles and a home run.
- Domonic Brown went 2-5 and scored three runs. Brown scored one of the team’s runs in the 13th inning after doubling.
- Delmon Young went 2-4 and drove in two runs. Young hit a two-run home run in the eighth to tie the game.
- Michael Young went 1-6, but did manage to double home a run in the first inning.
- Carlos Ruiz went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. His average has increased to .273.
- Kevin Frandsen singled home a run as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
- The Phillies bullpen had one of their best performances of the season, combining for seven scoreless innings.
- J.C. Ramirez was the first to take over for Hamels, and pitched two scoreless frames.
- Phillippe Aumont made his first appearance since being recalled from the minors, and gave the team two scoreless innings as well.
- Jake Diekman and Joe Savery also each turned in a scoreless inning, with Savery getting the win.
- Jonathan Papelbon successfully converted a save in the bottom of the 13th.
The young, inexperienced arms of the bullpen really came through on Wednesday.
If you told me that the Phillies would need seven scoreless innings from the bullpen, (including four from extra innings) in order to win this game, I would have instantly bet against them. Yet somehow, the likes of J.C. Ramirez (who had an ERA of 6.53 at Triple-A before joining the team), Phillippe Aumont (who has talent, but lacks confidence), Jake Diekman (throws hard, but is still pretty raw), and Joe Savery (who hasn’t shown anything to convince anyone that he’s a major league reliever) were able to get the job done.
Its good to see the young arms all go out and have some success with a game on the line. Each of these guys can benefit from an outing like this.
Offensively, Domonic Brown didn’t drive in any runs, but he still played a critical role in the team’s win by reaching base three times and coming around to score three runs. As I said in yesterday’s “Notes From”, the Phillies need to Brown to be an active regular contributor in order for them to keep themselves in the mix.
Also, Carlos Ruiz is beginning to swing his bat effectively. Ruiz reached base three times in four at-bats, and had a multi-hit game for the second time in three games. He’s gotten at least one hit in six of his seven games since returning from the disabled list.