Playing in a driving drizzle all night, the Phils beat the struggling Mets tonight by a score of 4-2. Cole Hamels was the biggest reason for the victory, as he pitched into the 7th inning while allowing only a run. He struck out six Mets and while allowing seven hits on the way to his 9th victory of the year.
The offense had runners on base in every inning but stranded a staggering 13 runners on base. However, a few timely hits and a sacrifice fly accounted for the team's four runs. Shane Victorino enjoyed a 3-hit game.
Acting set-up man Brett Myers pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning and acting closer Ryan Madson secured his 3rd save this week, his 7th save of the season. With the win, the magic number to clinch the division fell to 18. As I was writing this, the Nationals defeated the Marlins and the magic number dropped down to 17.
Sign #47 that I'm Getting Old: We had tickets for tonight's game, and we didn't use them. I had a long week at work and Jenna has been under the weather, so we decided to ditch. Watching the game from the comfort (and dryness) of our living room, we convinced ourselves we had made the right choice as we watched the poncho-clad crowd get soaked.