Game 41 - Friday Night, May 21st in Philadelphia
Cole Hamels shut down the Red Sox through 7 innings, and the big bats of Howard and Werth paced the Phils in their win tonight, 5-1. They're now 11 games over .500 - the high-water mark so far for 2010. Hamels seems to have turned things around, as he's now 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in May.
Down 1-0, the Phils started their scoring with 2 runs in the 4th. Ryan Howard hit his 8th home run of the season to start the inning. Jayson Werth followed with a double (his 21st, tops in the NL) and Shane Victorino brought him home with a single. Werth added a 2-run home run - a second decker bomb - in the 5th.
Hamels' sole blemish came 3 batters into the game when he allowed a solo home run to Sox catcher Victor Martinez. He settled in after that, at one point retiring 9 in a row. Hamels exited with an impressive line of 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts. The bullpen made things interesting in the 9th, but the team held on to give Hamels his 5th win of 2010.
Big Papi: J.C. Romero should be grateful the wind wasn't blowing out in the 9th inning. If it had been, pinch-hitter David Ortiz' long-fly ball to deep center, with the bases loaded, would have tied up the game. Fortunately, Victorino tracked the ball down in deep center and I didn't have to complete erase the majority of this post and start from scratch in a foul mood.
Not Good: Jimmy Rollins left the game in the 6th when he re-aggravated his right calf strain running out a single. To quote Han Solo, I have a bad feeling about this.