You have to be damn near perfect the way the Phillies anemic offense has been of late.
Cole Hamels was as good as you can expect him to be, pitching too good for the Phillies offense to squander his gem in their 2-1 win Wednesday night.
The Phillies started off their nine-day home stand with a win, despite it’s lack in the pretty department.
The Phillies struck first in the fifth. With one out, Raul Ibanez singled and Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch. Both moved into scoring position on a passed ball during Wilson Valdez’s at-bat. Valdez took advantage, singling in Ibanez on the next pitch to make it a 1-0 game.
Colorado tied it up in the top of the 7th when future HOFer Todd Helton doubled in Carlos Gonzalez with one out.
But the Phils retook the lead in the 8th when Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly off starter Jorge De La Rosa, making it a 2-1 game.
Both Hamels and De La Rosa went innings. De La Rosa’s counted for a complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and four strike outs. Hamels gave up a run on five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
Ryan Madson struck out three for his seventh save. His ERA also dropped to 0.53.
The Phils got a couple good signs before and during the game. Before the game, reliever Michael Stutes threw with trainer Scott Sheridan in the out field. He said he felt fine and could be available to pitch tomorrow.
Shane Victorino pinch-bunt for the Phils in the 8th. His sacrifice set up Rollins’ sacrifice fly. He will have an MRI tomorrow morning but told team officials he felt fine in the at-bat.
WP: Hamels (5-2). LP: De La Rosa (5-2). S: Madson (7).