Perfect through five innings, Cole Hamels won his 10th game of the year as the magic number to clinch the East dropped to 10. Cole's change-up was on tonight and he worked in a healthy mix of fastballs and an occasional curve ball to compliment it. Cole also contributed a bases-loaded RBI-single in the 6th inning. The Phillies starting pitchers have now allowed just three earned runs over the past five games. Brad Lidge pitched a (mostly) uneventful 9th inning for his 30th save of the season.
White rally towels made their 2009 debut at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Watching all 44,000+ fans in attendance wave the towels during key moments of games is a sight to behold.
Finally, for the first time since October 3, 1993, the Phillies are 25 games over .500. Can you believe it?
Chan Ho's Hammy & Shane's Tummy: As expected, Chan Ho Park's hamstring injury is going to sideline the reliever for two to three weeks. Tyler Walker will be expected to step up and serve as a 6th and 7th inning set-up guy in Chan Ho's stead. Shane Victorino had to leave the game tonight in the 7th inning with what was described as a gastro-intestinal malady.