Cole Hamels was dominant and Brad Lidge was closing the game out like the good old days as Philadelphia won 5-3. The Phillies bull pen gave Hamels four scoreless innings to preserve the game.
The Phillies took two-of-three from the Braves and seven games out of their 10-game home stand to improve to 19-12 on the season.
Hamels last only five innings but pitched well enough to earn the win. He allowed three runs in that span on eight hits and four walks while striking out five. Chad Durbin led a bull pen effort that allowed no hits while striking out five in the final four innings.
Hamels had another one of his frustrating starts where he starts out fine, bends a little, and then finally breaks to allow a big inning. That inning came in the fifth when he allowed the only three runs Atlanta scored all game.
The Phillies got a couple runs in the first when Jayson Werth was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Raul Ibanez’s sacrifice fly. Placido Polanco then homered in the second and Werth in the third. Shane Victorino’s solo homer in the third capped-off the scoring. Werth’s homer was his 100th on the career.
Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 to earn his first save of the year in as many chances. Though the balls hit by Eric Hinske and Omar Infante were hit well, deep, and the wind killed the flight of the ball, Lidge didn’t let that get to him as he got the final out on a weak grounder back to the mound.
What was nice about Lidge’s save was that after facing Hinske, he had to go up against Infante and Martin Prado, who were a combined 5-for-8 on the day at the time.
Doubles: Utley (8), Ibanez (6). HR: Polanco (5), Werth (7), Victorino (7).
WP: Hamels (3-2). LP: Kawakami (0-6). S: Lidge (1).