The Phillies’ offense is on a roll, words that have been dying to be uttered through the first three weeks of the season.
Philadelphia (8-9) tacked on seven more runs in the series finale, beating Arizona 7-2. They finished their 10-game western road trip with a 5-5 record.
Cole Hamels didn’t have to worry about a lack of run support this outing, focusing all of his attention on dealing against Arizona. Hamels (3-1) went eight strong, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven.
Hamels had retired 18 batters in row before three straight singles in the 7th inning plated the Diamondbacks first run.
After walking the bases loaded, Arizona got another run on a Pete Orr error, dropping the throw from Galvis at second that would have given Hamels a shot at an inning-ending double play. Instead, everyone was safe and the Diamondbacks made it a 6-2 game.
Orr redeemed himself, starting a 4-6-3 double play on the next batter to get Hamels out of a jam.
Hamels followed the inning up striking out the side and ending a strong outing by the left-hander.
The Phillies gave Hamels more than enough run support with a five-run effort in the 6th inning.
After a lead-off single by Juan Pierre and a walk to Shane Victorino, Pierre managed to score on a wild pitch by Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill to give the Phils a 2-0 lead.
They then added runs on RBI singles by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz to make it a 4-0 game. Hamels then helped his own cause ripping a bases-loaded two-run single to cap the scoring in the 6th inning.
The leader of that run support surprisingly came from Placido Polanco.
Polanco was 3-f0r-3 – reaching base five times for the first time since 2008 – with and RBI and a pair of runs scored. Carlos Ruiz also had a three-hit game and Pence and Pierre added two hits each.
Pierre improved his batting average to .339.
Ty Wigginton extending his hitting streak to 11 games with a pinch-hit single in the 6th.
2B: Nix (4).
WP: Hamels (3-1). LP: Cahill (1-2).
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