This was an important start for Cole Hamels. Though he racked up his first W of 2010, Hamels was not impressive in the Phillies 8-4 win over the Nationals Wednesday. He was fine through two innings until the Nationals put up two in the third and one in the fourth. Hamels wound up only lasting five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits, four walks, and five strike outs. He threw 103 pitches.
Despite the unimpressive spot by Hamels, the bull pen committee of Chad Durbin, Danys Baez, Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson allowed only a run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.
Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco continued their hot starts as Howard hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his second of the year in as many games. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI’s. Polly went 2-for-4 with three runs scored while Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz had a pair of hits each.
Jason Marquis got the start against Hamels and lasted only four-plus innings, getting chased in the Phillies three-run fifth. He allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while managing to only strike out two.
Ian Desmond has a strong game for the Nats as he went 2-for-5 while slugging a homer off Hamels and adding two RBI’s despite striking out three times. Josh Willingham added three hits.
The Phillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Howard grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs to score Jimmy Rollins. Polanco later scored on a wild pitch by Marquis. The Nats tied it up in the third but the Phillies took a 3-2 lead off of Hamels’ RBI single. He then gave that run right back in the fourth. The Phillies took the big lead in the fifth and never looked back.