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Phillies Bats Launch 5 Homers; Back Hamels

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 14, 2011 11:42 PM | Comments: 16
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Cole Hamels was absolutely cruising through seven innings and into the eighth, when something stopped him. It wasn’t the Florida Marlins that did it, it was Hamels back that gave out in the Phillies easy 9-1 win. He would leave after 99 pitches with middle-back tightness. It’s really the only thing that could keep him from picking apart their NL East foes. The win for Cole was No. 9 on the year, tying him with teammate Roy Halladay for the NL lead.

It’s a shame they lost Hamels in this one, because it put a damper on a perfect evening. For the first time since June of 2010, the Phillies launched five home runs in a game, giving them the look of a dynamic offense, and it wasn’t even that warm. Domonic Brown smashed two of them, one in the upper tank, for the first time in his young, but blossoming career.

Chase Utley raked, hitting a home run and going 2-for-3 with two RBI before being pulled early. It was Utley’s third of the season. his average is up to .278.

Ryan Howard – he homered, too. In the bottom of the first, Howard held the hands back and put one out to left field to put the Phillies up 2-1, his 14th of the year. Looked like the Ryan of old. Jimmy Rollins also went yard for the fourth time this season, part of his 2-for-5 night.

It was an explosion from a lineup that hasn’t shown much power this season. But as many pundits said, wait until this lineup gets back together for a few games – that will tell the real story. Hopefully this was just the opening sentence. Either way, they manhandled Chris Volstad who has been just plain bad lately. The big righty is now 2-7 with a 6.07 ERA. A month ago they wouldn’t be able to hit a guy like Volstad, but tonight could be the start of them bucking that trend. I’d proceed with caution if you’re going to proclaim this offense to be “back,” although this was certainly nice to see.

Early reports say that Hamels only had a “knot” in his back, which will allow many to breathe a little easier.  After the game, he exclaimed he would absolutely be making his next start, that his back tightened up a bit.  Still, for a few minutes everyone muttered to themselves “knot again.” (Spell check, please).

With the injury seemingly not serious, lets look to the results of his outing, which were obviously stellar. Hamels continues to grow into one of the elite pitchers in all of baseball. Countless times he made the Marlins look foolish with his four-pitch arsenal. After a first inning in which he gave up the Marlins only run, he settled in to finish with six strikeouts over seven frames with a walk and three hits. Hamels lowered his WHIP from 0.96 to 0.92. His ERA dropped to 2.49.

How about Domonic Brown. How about that!? His swing looked powerful tonight, which makes this lineup look powerful from top to bottom. If this is just the beginning of what’s to come from Brown, we’re in for a real treat.

If the Phillies are being truthful and this is a very minor ailment for Hamels, then tonight turns out to be a fantastic one overall for the Phillies. Offense, pitching, the whole crew put it together.

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  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Is that headline a sick joke? Back Hamels…after he left with back pain…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Yea Pat you sicko
    It isnt like you put the injury doesnt seem serious in the text.

    Hope the phils continue to hit.
    Its a lot of fun to watch a game and not have the weight of the world on every pitch.
    If this team was to continue to hit. And just be an above average team offensively.
    It is the best phillies team ever and one of the best in baseball history.
    You have the 2 best pitchers in baseball on the same team.
    It like Johnson and Schilling in Arizona except the seperation between Cole and Halladay is greater to the rest of the league than Johnson and Schilling were above the rest of the field.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

      umm… don’t you mean 4 of the best pitchers in baseball?

       
      • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

        No Halladay and Hamels have stood above all others.

        Jared Weaver is probably in the best of the best conversation and Verlander.
        Thats it.

        Lee isnt in that discussion so far this year but I am happy with him so far.
        Oswalt was hurt and missed time etc etc so he isnt even close.

        The Phillies 2 all star pitchers will be Hamels and Doc

        Bochy wont take lee. And IMO Madson should go before Lee.

         
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    great game tonight. hamels dominated once again. no surprise there. come to expect that.

    most encouraging thing i saw all night was howard homering to left. when he starts to hit to left, that’s when you know he’s about to get on a hot streak. look out NL. he could go on a tear here. like one of those where in the span of two weeks he hits 400 with 10 homers and 30 ribbies. people will never appreciate how good this guy is.

    also nice to see Dom brown go deep twice. kid has some real pop and can hit for average too. he’s blossoming nicely. he’ll be the everyday outfielder by the end of the month.

     
  • Posts: 523 Bruce

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    Wow! 5 HRs. Count them..FIVE!! Everybody hits..woo hoo! (chuckles). Seriously, I do think that having Utley back and with his newfound timing has jumpstarted the offense these past few games. And yes, “..how about Domonic Brown. How about that!?” TWO HRs, one a titantic blast to the RF upperdeck (2nd). It is exciting to watch this kid’s progress and may have an impact on the team’s offense especially in the second half of the season. I know I’m gushing with optimism but for one night I’ll allow myself that and hope there will be many more to come (smile).

    Hamels reported “back tightness” did put a little damper on the fireworks display. I do hope it’s not the kind of problem that he had back in in 2005 while pitching for Phillies’ AA farm club..Reading Phillies. Then he had back spasms which shelved him for the rest of that season. Keep ouir fingers crossed.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I just hope Hamels is fine he is our #1 Ace right now.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Utley/Howard anothere 3/5 with 4 rbi last night…

    What a majestic shot by Brown – I love this kids huge swing, it seems to effortless and what a power display!

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    OK, not looking for the kaybash but lets talk about player of the week, maybe month so far:
    last 3 games, 6 for 11 with 5 extra base hits, 6 rbi and 4 runs scored. We’re talking 15 total bases in 11 official at bats and he has 2 walks to boot.. so thats 8 times on base in the last 3 games.

    So a slugging percentage of what, 1.364?

    Yes, Chase is hitting over .300 for the month and well into a huge hot streak and Howard and the Phils are riding his coat tails.. Go Chase! Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Go Phils!

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Jeez, I didn’t think my joke was that sick. I thought it was a nice play on words, but I guess you can’t please them all.

    They’ll definitely take a cautious approach with Hamels so he’s not out of the woods just yet. Doesn’t seem serious, but the Phillies like to hide things for sure.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I took the dog for a walk last night in shorts and a phillies fleece…. so it was definitely colder than usual out. …. so I can at least kinda-buy the Hamels comment that he was a little cold and things tightened up on him . .. .


    My buddy Andrew makes an interesting point . . . we’re always talking about the top pitchers, etc Can anyone name an NL starter that they’d take above Halladay or Hamels right now?

    Jurrgens and Tommy Hanson are pitching great, but id still take our two.. Josh Johnson was amazing, but then got injured as usual… Clayton Kershaw again with no run support last night

    in the AL – Weaver won again last night… as did Verlander

     
  • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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    If Cliff Lee continues on like he has for his last few starts for the next 3+ weeks Bochy might just have to take him. Madson definitely should go as of right now. Will be interesting.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Thank goodness the Phils put up runs the way they did… had they failed to support Hamels (let’s say that it’s a tie ballgame in the 8th), I think that he would have stayed in and risked a more serious injury (pulling through tightness is not good). I think that we’re seeing two pitchers (Halladay and Hamels) that are looking at eachother saying, “Anything you can do I can do better.” Competition is healthy… at the end of the day, they’ll be right there in the discussion for the Cy Young award and then when the playoffs start, they’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder saying, “Who else wants some?” It’s very intimidating to have two pitchers that good on one staff and we all know what Lee is capable in the postseason… and Oswalt gearing up for what could be his last hurrah… it’s borderline friggin ridiculous.

    Y’all know where I stand with Dom… I absolutely love the kid. He makes us better in all facets of the game. Corey will appreciate this… right now, he’s doing something that is pretty difficult to do. His batting averge is higher than his BABIP. According to Daniel Moroz at Beyond the Box Score, on average, 11 players per season accomplish this feat. To do it, you have to be fairly disciplined (low strikeouts) and have some pop… it’s pretty impressive and the list of players that have done it fairly regularly since 2000 include Albert Pujols (8), Gary Sheffield (7), Barry Bonds (5), Carlos Lee (5), Rafael Palmeiro (5) and Vlad Guerrero (5). Not bad company for the young slugger – hopefully, he can keep it up. Of those players, Dom most reminds me of Sheff because of the unorthodox/somewhat lengthy swing. Dom’s bat is not quite as quick as Sheffield’s but he has a great eye.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I am glad Polly is the top vote-getter among third basemen. But for me the All Star game is not a real big deal and , of course, it would be nice to see a lot of Phils on the squad, but the game itself is nothing more than a media event and a vacation for the players. Still, I think the game is good for the sport.

     
  • Posts: 0 Alp!

    The unreadable font is fixed! Wow – thank you PN!

     
 
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