Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Topps Heritage #46 Cole Hamels

Early last Saturday morning, we left for a week-long vacation to Walt Disney World.  I'm going to post these game summaries rapid fire over the next few hours, just to catch up and clear out my draft post folder.

Phillies 2, Padres 0
Game 19 - Late Friday Night, April 22nd in San Diego

One Sentence Summary:  The goatee'd Cole Hamels shut down the Padres and Ryan Howard provided all the offense required with a two-run, two-out triple in the third.

What It Means:  The win raised the Phillies record to 13-6, as the team maintained a half game lead over the Marlins.

What Went Right:  Hamels pitched eight shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out eight.  He also added two hits, accounting for a third of the Phillies total for the night.  Howard accounted for another third, with his big triple and a single.  Ryan Madson worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the year.

What Went Wrong:  The offense continues to sputter, and we'd find out in a few days that Jose Contreras was unavailable in the ninth because of an elbow injury.

Featured Card:  This is Hamels' 1962-style card from this year's Topps Heritage set.  If I had the time and energy, I'd love to add a little goatee to the card, just to bring it up to date.

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