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Hamels Gets Rocked, Phils Fall To D-Backs 7-4

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Sat, April 24, 2010 09:14 AM | Comments: 14
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Cole Hamels looked impressive in his last outing. Through the first three innings of last night’s contest, he cruised.

This of course was before he suffered an acute case of whiplash in the fourth.

The Phillies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, on Shane Victorino’s R.B.I. triple in the top of third, scoring Hamels who had doubled in the previous at-bat. The Phillies would add another run on Jayson Werth’s controversial fly-ball to center, which was dropped by center-fielder, Chris Young, transitioning the ball from his glove to his bare hand. Werth, demonstrated heads-up base running as he continued to run all the way home. The result was a four base error on Chris Young.

In the bottom half of the fourth, with one out, things fell apart for Hamels. With one on, Mark Reynolds took Hamels deep, to tie the ballgame. The next batter, Adam LaRoche, homered giving the D-Backs the lead. However, Arizona wasn’t quite finished as Chris Snyder stepped to the plate with one on and took Hamels yard, again, giving the Diamond Backs a 5-2 lead. Hamels would surrender one more long-ball and give Arizona starter, Anna Benson’s husband Kris, all of the support he would need.

Benson went six strong, allowing just two runs, while scattering eight hits. Hamels, despite his fourth-inning meltdown, pitched pretty well, striking out seven while walking only one batter.

The Phillies would make a feeble attempt to climb back into the ballgame, however a lack of timely hitting kept the Phils at bay as they were only able to manage two more runs.

The Phillies return to action to face Arizona tonight.

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  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    Dewars fought the Phillies last night and the Dewars won!

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Problem it seems with Cole is when he loses he dominance over a game it’s like sending a lame duck back onto the mound. This doesn’t mean the inevitable ‘he sucks, trade Hamels, he was just lucky for a couple of years’ should begin but the opposite. Would love to see the guy just be able to knuckle-down and attack hitters when it’s not going his way but I recognize he is a finesse pitcher and his secondary pitches aren’t aggressive enough to expect him to do that. There’s no point saying he should develop a cutter or a slider but I have no doubt Dubee is working hard with him trying to find a plan B when he hasn’t got that razor sharp control… Just a shame, really routing for him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt Kwasiborski

    Well, so much for thinking Hamels is back…

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    Who’s pitching tonight, Figueroa?

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Hamels needs to take a lesson from Moyer on how to battle back from a tough inning. Seems like he looks great then when things do not go well, or he gives up a few runs, he collapses. Not good, but correctable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    BurrGundy, if anything, his outing was very 2010 Moyer-esque –giving up a lot of runs in one inning, then being in virtual shut-down mode the rest of the way.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Did it ever occur to any of you junior psychologists that a pitcher’s collapse isn’t only due to not “knuckling down,” or doesn’t know “how to battle back from a tough inning?” If a person’s control drifts even a tiny bit, it’s not always that easy to get it back, no matter how hard you try. It takes a few pitches, and usually those pitches will be hit. The problem with Hamels is that when they’re hit, they go a long way.

    You could ask any basketball player who starts missing shots, a quarterback who misses the receiver on four straight passes, or the batter who goes into a hitting slump. Rediscovering that rhythm can be extremely difficult, and can be impossible in a single inning, period, quarter, or even game.

    I’m not saying that there should be no concern over Hamel’s performance. I’m saying that I’m tired of all the negative comments about his mental makeup or his resolve. I doubt seriously if he’s sitting on his 2008 laurels between pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    ^because^ he doesn’t know…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    You just knew that the ejection of their mang would fire the D-backs up. They seemed to be just going thru the motions before the “inside the park” bs hr. I thought if Cole could just hold them here in the 4/th/5th and the Phils could tack on a few more runs the D-backs would be deflated. It seems like the O came out trying to prove themselves after losing to the Yankees. Missing J-Roll is part of it, but the Phillies seemed to have tried themselves out a bit and are chasing bad pitches all over the place again. Can’t figure Cole out anymore, so I’ll save myself the ulcer. It’s remarkable that we’re still in 1st despite all the injuries.

     
  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    I don’t know if it’s Cole’s “resolve or mental makeup”, but I certainly don’t think he’s resting on 2008 by now. So it’s more a mechanical bounce-back than a mental one, or are they essentially the same, and he just wears his heart on his sleeve, so it appears to have a psychological component? That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out. I don’t think we expect anyone to have 1-2-3 innings for 7+. Probably why some people are hoping it can be mind over matter. Or is that even harder to fix

    I agree with Georgie from last thread:
    “I don’t think he understands the booing, and he loses focus easily when things go wrong. I’ve always been a fan of Cole, but you can see the difference between him and Halladay. Roy has a look on his face that is so determined, like he is on a mission from God or something, Cliff lee had that look as well. I see it once in a while in Cole, but not enough. Great pitchers have one thing on their mind…to pitch the best game possible every time, and they’ll do whatever it takes to accomplish that. As we all know, Roy has a “book” on every batter he faces. Does Cole have a book? Does Cole even have Cliff Notes? [LOL - Pun intended?] This is what makes a great pitcher, and I think Cole has the physical potential to be great, but I’m not sure he has the determination that’s needed to excel.”

    He may well start out determined, but doesn’t have what I see in Halladay, the look of not being easily rattled, no matter what’s happening in the game. Even if the pitcher doesn’t feel it, maybe if you can keep the game face, at least the guy at the plate won’t feel like they have the upper hand right off the bat. I guess the opposition knowing what to expect from a fastball when they see it helps them too. Does Cole have a book? Does Schneider have a book? Ruiz? Who’s responsible for keeping the book and knowing it? We know who gets the praise or blame..

    Well, hopefully the D’backs can feel they made their point after their rally post-play-questioning fiasco, and can return to their play as usual so we can hear fewer “little leager” comments directed at the Phils at the game today. Wonder if Cole heard any of those? Figueroa pitching, should be interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I thought that for the 1st 3inns Cole adopted Lee/Doc’s quick pace app to pitching. The extended delay between b3 and b4 did him in it seems. He loses focus very easily. That is insane. The reality for the Phils is that the Braves O is struggling worse than theirs. Just look at what the Mets staff is doing to them. The D-backs have terrible pitching on paper minus their ace(who we’ll miss this series), buy they can rake with the best of them. They’re going to score some runs tonite against Fig and/or pen. So they Phils gotta shake this slump off. This was suppose to be the easy series. The upcoming sch can be unforgiving with the quality pitching were going to be facing.

     
  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    But no pressure 8)

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    All signs point to a loss tonight,

    Doesn’t matter WHO is pitching against them when they are in the tank.

    That’s why I’m predicting a win.

    They seem to have a knack for winning these type games.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I’m not sure why people got the idea this would be an easy series. The Diamonbacks actually have a good offense, (and Arizona’s air can be as dry and almost as thin as Coors field) and though the pitching, on paper, is questionable, all their guys have been known to throw some really good innings. It hasn’t been that long ago that the Mets traded for Benson, because they thought highly of him. Kennedy not so long ago was a top prospect for the Yanks.

    Reynolds, Upton, F—ing Drew’s brother, a very hot Kelly Johnson–not exactly the kind of people you look forward to facing.

    And the Phil’s pitching for the series after Hamels is Figueroa and Kendrick.

    Easy series, my @ss!

     
 
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