Game 87 - Sunday Afternoon, July 11th in Philadelphia
The Phils ended the symbolic first half of the 2010 season on a high note, completing a 4-game sweep of the Reds behind the fine pitching of Cole Hamels. It was the team's first 4-game sweep of the Reds since May 1975, and the first time the Phillies had won back-to-back 1-0 games since 1913. Hamels pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. He loaded the bases in the 4th, but kept his cool and worked out the jam without allowing a run.
Carlos Ruiz doubled to start the 3rd - his third straight double in as many at-bats. He came around to score the game's lone run on a Jimmy Rollins single.
The win moved the Phillies to within 4½ games of the Braves and to within a ½ game of the 2nd place Mets. Most of the team will scatter for the next few days, but manager Charlie Manuel, his coaching staff, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay will head to Anaheim for the annual Mid-Summer Classic. I love the All-Star Game, and I'll admit I'm a little giddy.