Game 36 - Sunday Night, May 16th in Milwaukee
Am I the only one slightly annoyed whenever my team is chosen to play in the Sunday night ESPN game? I like Sunday afternoon baseball. I like listening to the game on the radio as I mow the lawn or lounging in front the TV possibly missing the middle innings as I drift off to sleep. I'm getting old, aren't I?
In any event, the Phillies completed their 3-game sweep of the Brewers, behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, 4-2. Hamels was a strike away from completing six scoreless innings before allowing back-to-back solo home runs to Casey McGehee and Corey Hart. It wasn't pretty, but Cole somehow pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in the 1st and cobbled together outs until getting pulled in the 7th.
Placido Polanco and Hamels contributed RBI doubles in the first two innings to give the Phils an early 2-0 lead. Jayson Werth, who had doubled to reach, was then doubled home by Wilson Valdez in the 3rd for a 3-0 lead. Finally, Shane Victorino scored the Phils' 4th run of the night on an 8th inning wild pitch. Valdez also contributed some fine defensive work at short in the 8th and 9th innings.
Closer du jour J.C. Romero shut down the Brewers in the 9th for his 1st save, securing Hamels' 4th win of the season.