Game 95 - Saturday Afternoon, July 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 41-54, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Jonathan Papelbon let another one get away, as the Phils lost again in extras, 6-5.
What It Means: So much for momentum. Coming off the feel-good four-game win streak, the Phillies have lost three in row following this game.
What Went Wrong: Cole Hamels, with trade rumors swirling, gutted his way through 7 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on ten hits while striking out six. He also hit his first career home run, paying back Matt Cain who had just hit a home run off Hamels. Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the first and Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the sixth to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.
But Hamels allowed his third home run of the day in the eighth to the smoking hot Melky Cabrera, and the game was tied. Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth, but couldn't escape the tenth.
|2012 Phillies Team|
Issue 2 #47
Cards Subracted (8) - Michael Martinez, Domonic Brown, Scott Podsednik, Jim Thome, Michael Stutes, Chad Qualls, Jose Contreras, David Herndon
Cards Added (10) - Jason Pridie, Mike Fontenot, Hector Luna, Erik Kratz, Raul Valdes, Jeremy Horst, Brian Sanches, Joe Savery, Jake Diekman, Announcers card
I've featured Shane Victorino's card at the top of this post because his name is coming up in a bunch of trade rumors these days too. Victorino collected his 1,000th career hit in this game and sadly, it appears as if his time as a Phil could be coming to an end.
Field Report: I was able to pick up the new photo card set since Jenna and I were at this game as part of the largest regular-season crowd in Citizen Bank Park history. I sincerely hope it's not the last time I get to see Hamels in his home Phillies uniform. The Phillies are now 3-5 in games I've attended this season.