The Phillies offense knew they had to keep up with the Diamondbacks with a pitcher like Cole Hamels on the mound.
Flyball pitchers like Hamels tend to get hurt in parks like Arizona. And with Hamels’ track record on day games, the lumber needed to wake up to avoid the sweep.
It was another strong day for Cole Hamels, who allowed three runs in seven innings of work while striking out 8. He improves to 3-1 on the season. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
In fact, Hamels was quite magical in his start, despite one blemish. He was backed by three home runs and the Phils prevented the sweep in Arizona, winning 8-4 heading into the much needed day off tomorrow.
Hamels pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His only mistake came in the 6th when Chris Young hit the first of his two home runs.
Young had a field day today, unlike the did rest of the series. He finished the series with three hits, all homer, and five RBIs.
Placido Polanco had himself a strong day, going 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard homered in the win.
But the real star offensively was Jimmy Rollins, who finally had the break out game he’d been needing this season. Rollins went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and two-run homer, quadrupling his RBI total on the season.
It was also Rollins’ first home run of the season. The Phillies were looking for that type of production from Rollins if he was going to hit out of the three-spot.
The Phillies eight-run performance was their first offensive explosion in a while. It was the most runs they scored since they put up 10 against the Braves on April 9’s 10-2 win.
Raul Ibanez Watch: Ibanez pinch-hit for Hamels in the eighth, striking out. He is now 0-for his last 25 at-bats. His replacement, John Mayberry, didn’t do much better despite going 1-for-3. He struck out twice and stranded four on base, including the bases loaded strike out in the 7th.
2B: Rollins (5), Francisco (3), Polanco (6). HR: Victorino (4), Rollins (1), Howard (4).
WP: Hamels (3-1). LP: Saunder (1-3).