Cole Hamels looked excellent in his win over Boston. He lasted seven strong innings and only allowed a solo homer in the first as he overcame a team tough on pitchers’ arms in the Phils 5-1 win Friday night.
Hamels allowed only a run and three hits in the outing. He struck out eight batters while throwing 116 pitches against a Red Sox line up that puts a beating on opposing teams’ starting pitching by taking pitches and fouling off balls.
Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both had multi-hit games. Both also hit homers. Werth’s two-run blast in the fifth was hit to the second deck in left field. It was the type of homer that would leave any park and even clear the Green Monster in Fenway easily.
The Sox pressed in the ninth. With the bases loaded and two outs, J.C. Romero got David Ortiz to fly out to deep center to end the game.
The Phillies got a scare when Jimmy Rollins pulled up while jogging to first on a base hit in the sixth. Juan Castro replaced him as a pinch runner and played the rest of the game. The last thing the Philies would want to see is Rollins back on the DL, especially after them playing with the same line up they used in the first week of the season.
Rollins’ injury is a mid-calf sprain and he will be day-to-day. It’s the same injury that landed him on the DL over a month ago.
Doubles: Ibanez (8), Werth (21). HR: Howard (8), Werth (9).
WP: Hamels (5-2). LP: Lackey (4-3).