Hamels continues dominance against Padres
July 22, 2011
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Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins gets San Diego SS Jason Bartlett out on the front-end of a double play in the 4th inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
If there has been one consistency in Cole Hamels’ career, it’s his continued success against teams in the NL West, namely the San Diego Padres.
Hamels cruised his way through eight innings, leading the Phils to a 3-1 win over the Padres to start their 10-game home stand and 20 games/20 days stretch.
It was Hamels’ 12th win on the season, matching his 2010 total. He is on pace to blow past his career high 15 wins tallied in 2007.
Hamels scattered three hits and a run over eight innings. He struck out 10, including seven of the first nine batters face, to bounce back from a pitiful performance last week against the Mets. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 16th save on the season.
Carlos Ruiz put the Phils on the board first in the 2nd when he doubled home Shane Victorino to make it 1-0. The Phils got two more runs in the 4th when Victorino scored on a balk and John Mayberry drove in Ruiz.
The only inning San Diego was able to get to Hamels was the 5th when Cameron Maybin scored on a ground out to cut the Phils lead to 3-1.
Ruiz, Chase Utley and Mayberry each doubled for the Phils. Utley was the only Phil to have a multi-hit game, totaling two of the team’s six hits.
It was retro-80’s night in Philadelphia. Players were sporting the 1984 Phillies white and maroon jerseys while the Padres wore those hideous brown jerseys. The scoreboards featured doctored photos of the Phillies as famous 80’s musicians and moview/TV characters as they walked up to the plate to 80’s music.
2B: Ruiz (12), Utley (12), Mayberry (12).
WP: Hamels (12-5). LP: Luebke (3-4). S: Madson (16).