Phillies 3, Braves 0
Game 110 – Tuesday Night, August 7th in Philadelphia
Record - 50-60, 4th Place, 17 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Ace Cole Hamels pitched his fifth career shutout, blanking the Braves, 3-0.
What It Means: The season is a bust, but games like this make me happy.
What Went Right: Hamels needed 111 pitches to complete his latest masterpiece, his first win since signing his massive contract extension a few weeks ago. He struck out six and allowed just five Braves hits. Ryan Howard provided most of the offense, with a two-run home run in the first. Domonic Brown knocked in the other run, doubling home Jimmy Rollins, who had himself doubled to start the ballgame. Brown also had a nice outfield assist in the fifth, throwing out Brian McCann at second on the Phillie Killer’s attempt to stretch a single.
Featured Card: If the Bowman Platinum set is released in the woods, and no one hears it, does it make a sound? I was recently perusing the items that came up on eBay when searching for "2012 Phillies Set," and I was slightly surprised to see the Bowman Platinum Phillies team set appear. (I had no idea this set was being released again this year.) Being the obsessive collector I am, I clicked Buy It Now and the set arrived in the mail a few days later. This set does nothing for me. It's shiny, but there's no new ground being broken here. Yet into the 2012 Phillies binder it goes.