Cole Hamels is greeted in the dugout by Roy Halladay after scoring the game's first run. He tripled with two outs and was driven in by Jimmy Rollins. (Philly Inquire)
It was a night where all the attention centered around Jayson Werth’s return to Philadelphia. Cole Hamels showed up and turned in a simply masterful performance.
Hamels tossed a complete game where he only gave up one run on five hits with six strikeouts.
Werth did get the recognition that he deserved. The former Phillie received almost all cheers as he tipped his cap in his first plate appearance during tonight’s game.
But starter Hamels stole the spotlight as he had success on the mound and at the plate. He had excellent command as he only walked one batter which happened to be Werth in the first inning.
Hamels also had a nice game at the plate. He went two-for-four in the win.
He hit a two-out triple in the third inning that was misplayed by Werth. Jimmy Rollins followed it up with an RBI single to put the Phillies up 1-0.
To put Hamels’ triple in perspective, the last Phillies’ pitcher to hit a triple was Cory Lidle back in 2006.
Rollins led the Phillies’ offense, going two-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored. He hit a one out triple in the fifth inning and scored on a Placido Polanco sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Raul Ibanez also was strong at the plate as he went two-for-four. He broke a 0-for-35 hitless streak with a double in the fourth inning. He went two-for-four with an RBI double in the seventh inning to score Ryan Howard.
Howard and Ibanez had RBI hits in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 4-1.
The lone Nationals run came on a Michael Morse solo home run to right field in the seventh inning.
Vance Worley heads to the hill as the Phillies take on the Nationals again tomorrow night.
2B: Ibanez 2 (4). 3B: Hamels (1) Rollins (1).
WP: Hamels (4-1). LP: Hernandez (3-3).