Friday, May 21, 2010

2010 Topps Turkey Red #TR11 Cole Hamels

Phillies 5, Red Sox 1
Game 41 - Friday Night, May 21st in Philadelphia

Cole Hamels shut down the Red Sox through 7 innings, and the big bats of Howard and Werth paced the Phils in their win tonight, 5-1. They're now 11 games over .500 - the high-water mark so far for 2010. Hamels seems to have turned things around, as he's now 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in May.

Down 1-0, the Phils started their scoring with 2 runs in the 4th. Ryan Howard hit his 8th home run of the season to start the inning. Jayson Werth followed with a double (his 21st, tops in the NL) and Shane Victorino brought him home with a single. Werth added a 2-run home run - a second decker bomb - in the 5th.

Hamels' sole blemish came 3 batters into the game when he allowed a solo home run to Sox catcher Victor Martinez. He settled in after that, at one point retiring 9 in a row. Hamels exited with an impressive line of 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run and 8 strikeouts. The bullpen made things interesting in the 9th, but the team held on to give Hamels his 5th win of 2010.

Big Papi: J.C. Romero should be grateful the wind wasn't blowing out in the 9th inning. If it had been, pinch-hitter David Ortiz' long-fly ball to deep center, with the bases loaded, would have tied up the game. Fortunately, Victorino tracked the ball down in deep center and I didn't have to complete erase the majority of this post and start from scratch in a foul mood.

Not Good: Jimmy Rollins left the game in the 6th when he re-aggravated his right calf strain running out a single. To quote Han Solo, I have a bad feeling about this.


Pop-Pop said...

Han is always right

Section 36 said...

I was interested to hear Red Sox radio guys say thet the first time Rollins hurt his calf, he thought he was hit by a batted ball, but it was actually just his calf going. Around these parts Nomar Garciaparra was constantly attacked for saying he hurt his heel by being hit by a ball in BP that nobody could remember hitting him. The media was convinced he was lying to stick it to the Sox. Wonder if Nomar just assumed he was hit by a ball, like Rollins did.

Jim said...

Interesting . . . As an outsider, I could never understand why the Boston media (and some Boston fans) were so down on Nomar when he was shipped out of town. He always seemed like a guy you'd want on your team.