Saturday, August 8th
Marlins 6, Phillies 4
Cole Hamels labored through 5 1/3 innings while the Phillies’ offense sputtered for the second straight night against Florida.
The Marlins have won the first two games of the weekend series and are five games behind the Phillies for first place.
Cody Ross’ two-run homer off Hamels (7-7, 4.77 ERA) in the sixth inning gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead that stood. Hamels allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 115 pitches.
Hamels’ outing got off to a rough start when he surrendered a solo homer to Chris Coghlan to lead off the game. Following a 3-0 July, Hamels is 0-2 and has yielded 10 earned runs in two starts this month.
I was at the game tonight. I studied Hamels’ body language, and it was very poor from the outset. In the third inning, with the Phillies ahead, 2-1, Utley bobbled a groundball, thereby muffing a routine double play and allowing the Fish to score the tying run.
It seemed that Hamels showed his disgust by throwing his arms in the air. Utley immediately came over to Hamels for a quick word.
I interpreted it as Hamels showing up Utley. Not good.
After the game, Hamels did not speak to the media. Charlie Manuel said he is “trying too hard.”
I’ll stand by what I said in an earlier post: Shut Hamels down. Give him a mental rest. Let him collect his thoughts, relax for a couple weeks, and come back ready to go for the final month or so of the regular season. At this point, I fear Hamels is a destructive presence. He’s losing his cool, and that’s not good for the chemistry of this team
The Phillies’ bats were nonexistent with runners on base. They scraped together a pair of runs in the first tinning to take a 2-1 lead. In the third, Nick Johnson gave the Phils a gift by dropping a routine popup, allowing Ryan Howard to cross thee plate to make it 3-2.
Howard was 4-for-4, tying a career high in hits. The Phils pelted Florida starter Sean West for six hits in the first two innings, but were pretty much blanked the rest of the way…
The Phillies were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Former Phillie Brian Sanches (2-1, 1.14 ERA) pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the win.
With Josh Johnson toeing the slab Sunday, a Florida sweep appears likely.
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