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.