Game 55 - Friday Night, May 31st in Philadelphia
Record - 26-29, 3rd Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The strange and troubling season for Cole Hamels continued as the last place Brewers easily defeated the Phillies, 8-5.
What It Means: What's wrong with Hamels? Is he hurt? Is it in his head? Is it just a case of really, really bad luck? Unbelievably, Hamels record now stands at 1-9.
What Went Wrong: Hamels was spotted a three-run lead in the first thanks to the white hot Domonic Brown's three-run home run. But he gave up two runs in the second and another four runs in the third. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy did the most damage on the night, going 5 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Brown drove in four of the Phillies five runs with two home runs. His 15 home runs for the year now give him the National League lead in that category.
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Field Report: We were there last night. It was hot, and other than Brown's performance, there wasn't much to get excited about . . . until Jenna decided she needed funnel cake in the 8th inning. I'm now 1-3 at Phillies games this year. A few other random observations:
- Cesar Hernandez doesn't have a giant 2011 Topps-style card yet for the starting line-up in Ashburn Alley. He received a generic card showing Citizens Bank Park.
- My son Doug has decided he wants to start a Phillies baseball card collection. I'm trying to take baby steps with this, as I don't want to overwhelm the kid with my pure, unimaginable joy at this decision. I bought him a Phillies team-issued set last night for $5, and I can report back that the set is unchanged from the one I bought back in March.
- Did I mention it was hot at the ballpark last night?