Monday, May 7, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #132 Cole Hamels

Phillies 9, Nationals 3
Game 29 - Sunday Night, May 6th in Washington
Record - 14-15,  5th Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels pitched a gem as the Phillies salvaged the final game of the series, 9-3.

What It Means:  This was actually a nail-biter of a game until the Phils put a crooked number on the board in the top of the ninth, scoring six times.  At least they avoided the sweep, but it stinks that they're still 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals.  Hopefully they can make up some ground when the Mets come to town starting tomorrow night.  (The Nationals head to Pittsburgh.)

What Went Right:  Hamels allowed just a run on five hits in his eight innings of work.  He struck out eight on the way to his 4th win of the season.  He also drilled Bryce Harper - on purpose - with a first inning fastball.  He'd pay for the aggression when Harper scored on a steal of home and when Hamels was later hit himself.  Move over Mets and Marlins, it looks as if there's a new rivalry in town.

Hunter Pence led the offense with two, two-run home runs.  Placido Polanco enjoyed a three-hit night.

Featured Card:  This is Hamels' card from the 2012 Topps Heritage set.  I'm curious as to whether or not Hamels was actually standing somewhere with palm trees and a nice sunset in the background, or if Topps just included that background to add a little atmosphere to the card.

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