- Cole Hamels turned in a disappointing start, lasting just five innings and allowing four runs. The lefty put the Phillies in a hole right away, allowing three runs in the first inning and it took him 94 pitches to get through five frames.
- Jimmy Rollins gave the team the lead in the first inning with a solo home run.
- Chase Utley went 2-3 with three RBI’s for the second straight game, including a two-run homer off of Bobby Parnell in the ninth.
- Delmon Young had his second straight three-hit game.
- J.C. Ramirez allowed one run on two walks out of the bullpen.
- Luis Garcia got the team four outs, allowing no runs and one hit.
- Antonio Bastardo got the final out of the eighth inning.
It’s discouraging to see Cole Hamels take a step back after finishing the first half of the season with a couple of strong starts. The Hamels that was on the mound yesterday displayed some of the similar problems that we’ve seen from him throughout the season. He had too many long innings, and couldn’t pitch deep into the game.
Offensively, its nice to see Chase Utley heat up a little bit. He’s got two homers and six RBI’s in the last two games. Whether the Phils are buyers or sellers, they need Utley to perform well. If he can sustain a strong level of play over the next couple weeks, it’d really help out the market for his services should the Phillies decide to mail it in for the season.
It’s disappointing to see the team drop this game after a strong start on Friday, but as long they’re able to finish the series with a win on Sunday it will still be a successful series.