Phils Lose Pitcher’s Duel

Advertised was a pitcher’s duel of mammoth proportions.  Both Cole Hamels and Johan Santana delivered stellar performances that didn’t disappoint.  Both had hitters off balance and were dazzling throughout.  But unfortunately, only one pitcher had to win. That pitcher was Santana, who was just a tad better than Hamels, shutting out the Phillies lineup in over seven innings of work for a 1-0 win.

Hamels was spectacular in tonight’s contest allowing one run on six hits with eleven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.  As usual Hamels no run support and was credited with a loss in a game where he pitched some of his best baseball of the season.  Additionally he located his pitches and his balls to strikes ratio was impressive, landing 78 of his 99 pitches for strikes.  The only blemish on his record was a seventh inning solo home run  by Jeff Francoeur.

The offense was very spotty tonight to say the least.  Santana completely shut down the lineup and the Phillies didn’t record a hit until the fifth inning.  They only recorded five hits throughout the entire game.  There were plenty of chances tonight to score runs.  Jayson Werth led off the seventh inning with a double.  Werth was then thrown out on a fielder’s choice at thirf.  It was a ball hit right to Jose Reyes and he easily threw out Werth who was running on contact.  The Phillies also loaded the bases in the eighth inning but super showboat closer Francisco Rodriguez got Ross Gload to ground out to the end the inning.

The Phillies and Mets have split the first two games of this series.  Starting pitching for the Phillies has been great so far in this series and the same can be expected tomorrow.  Roy Halladay will take to the mound tomorrow against knuckle-baller RA Dickey.  The Phillies struggled against Dickey earlier in the season, so they must be patient if they want to solve him.  They also move back to two games out of first place due to the Braves victory over the San Francisco Giants.  A series win would be great heading into a showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2B: Werth (37).

WP: Santana (9-6). LP: Hamels (7-8). S: Rodriguez (24)


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