I hate to break it to you Cole but you’re only going to get two runs of support tonight. Is that cool? What’s that? You said that isn’t a problem? Sounds good to me.
Cole Hamels struck out a career high 13 batters en route to a 2-1 Phillies win. His 25 1/3 scoreless innings streak was ended in the first inning by a Dan Uggla infield single.
Hamels ran out of gas in his outing, throwing 127 pitches but lasting only 6 2/3 innings. He gave up a run on five hits and two walks in the outing.
Shane Victorino did what a true lead-off hitter should do. The centerfielder went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring both of the Phillies runs.
Victorino led the game off with a base hit and was driven in by Placido Polanco’s double. Uggla’s RBI single in the bottom of the first proved to be the Marlins’ only answer for the Phils.
Victorino again led off an inning with a hit, a ground-rule double in the fifth. After a walk by Polanco and another by Ryan Howard two batters late, Jayson Werth grounded out to drive in Victorino to make it a 2-1 game.
Hamels’ 13 strike outs gave him 201 on the season, tying him for second in the NL with Roy Halladay. They both trail Tim Lincecum, who has 208.
It was also the first time since 1965 that the Phillies had two 200-strike out pitchers in one season. Jim Bunning (268) and Chris Short (237) did the feat 45 years ago. Though he didn’t pitch the entire season with the Phils, Roy Oswalt is only 26 strike outs away from 200.
In Hamels’ last five starts, he’s 4-0 with a .76 ERA and 39 strike outs in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
2B: Polanco (27), Victorino (24).
WP: Hamels (11-10). LP: Mendez (1-1). S: Lidge (22).