Posts Tagged ‘Cole Hamels’

Phils Drop Sixth Straight With Loss To Tigers

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, July 26, 2013 09:32 PM Comments: 4

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Hamels pitched well tonight, but the bats were silent. (Photo: AP)

Following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, the Phillies have now lost a season-high six games in a row. The loss pushed them 8.5 games back of first place in the NL East, and, as of this post, the Braves were winning. For the fifth time this season, they’re five games under .500. Since the All Star Break, they’ve gone 1-6.

In the event that you’re not picking up my vibe here, what I’m trying to say is, if you haven’t picked out a seat on the Sell! Sell! Sell! bandwagon, I suggest you do it now while some spots still remain.


- As so often goes in the game of baseball, Cole Hamels was offered a chance at redemption tonight when the Phils once again spotted him an early 1-0 lead. This time, Hamels seized the opportunity. The only problem was the Phillies bats felt one run was enough.

- Hamels one shaky inning came when he found himself in a jam with runners on second and third and one out in the fifth. Nursing a slim 1-0 lead, there was little room for error. Unfortunately, Hamels couldn’t find a way out of it. He allowed a two-run double, the fourth double of the night for Detroit, to Alex Aliva–the nine-hole hitter. The fact that it was Avila, who is batting a robust .188, that did the damage made the moment all the more cringe-worthy. Continue reading Phils Drop Sixth Straight With Loss To Tigers


Gameday: Phillies (49-52) vs. Detroit Tigers (56-45)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, July 26, 2013 06:38 PM Comments: 14

Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at Detroit Tigers (56-45)

Cole Hamels (4-12, 4.16) vs. Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90)

Time: 7:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather:  Cloudy, 73
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

The Phillies head to Detroit after being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals.  They’ve been stuck on 49 wins for a few days now, and can’t reach number 50.  It’s going to be another tough series as the Tigers are in first place in the American League Central.

Like the Phillies, the Tigers have had bullpen issues.  The Tigers rank 26th in bullpen ERA (4.08) while the Phillies rank 28th (4.51).  Manager Jim Leyland has shown that he has little trust in his bullpen.  In multiple instances as of late, closer Joaquin Benoit was forced to pitch in non-save situations to avoid late-inning comebacks by the opponent.  On the other hand, the Tigers have a very strong starting rotation, which has the sixth best ERA in all of baseball.



Mets Hang On To Beat Phils

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 20, 2013 04:55 PM Comments: 43

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Hamels’ early struggles hurt the Phils in their loss. (Photo: AP)

In their ongoing bid to be crowned the most inconsistent team in Major League Baseball history, the Phillies followed up their feel-good 13-8 beat down of the Mets last night by losing to the same hapless team 5-4 this afternoon.

A ninth inning rally would put some pressure on the Mets, but the Phils couldn’t find a way to pull it out. The loss snapped a streak of seven straight wins for the Phils at Citi Field and was yet another chapter in Cole Hamels’ disappointing 2013 campaign.


- Over his last three starts, Cole Hamels had posted a 1.57 ERA in 23.0 innings pitched. In his lone start at Citifield this season, he allowed one run over six innings while striking out eight. Against a dysfunctional Mets offense, there was reason for optimism with Hamels on the mound today. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell him that.

Hamels struggled right out of the gate, throwing a lot of balls and letting the Mets easily wipe out what was an early Phillies lead in the first inning. Some of it could be blamed on luck–a bloop single and fielder’s choice both produced runs in the first for the Mets–but much of it was on Hamels’ lack of control, and his inability to put hitters away. He would end the inning with 34 pitches thrown, and three runs allowed.

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Gameday: Phillies (49-48) vs Mets (41-51)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, July 20, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 13

Philadelphia Phillies (49-48) vs New York Mets (41-51)

Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-1 3.54 ERA)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

TIME: 1:10, Citi Field

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 93, cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Last night the Phillies jumped over the .500 mark for the first time since June 6, and today they will try to set their high water mark for the season at two games over in a Saturday matinee against the Mets. With the win last night, the Phillies passed the Washington Nationals for second place in the division, and are six and a half back of the Braves in the N.L. East.

Cole Hamels has pitched well of late for the Phillies, and he will get the baseball again today. In his last three starts he is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings. His last time out against the Mets he suffered the loss after allowing four runs in seven innings of work, but back in April he did hold them to a run over six innings for his only win in the first two months of the season.

The Phillies will be seeing a new arm in Zack Wheeler, one of the Mets top pitching prospects. Wheeler has had his good outings and his bad outings since being called up in mid-June, but lately he has been pitching superbly. In his last two outings he combined to go 12 innings and allowed just two runs while striking out eight. He has never faced the Phillies or any of their hitters.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D. Young RF, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Gameday Beer: Otter Creek Copper Aledownload

This medium bodied beer is a very versatile and refreshing brew that goes well with all types of ballpark food, especially stuff off the grill. It’s got a sweet, toasty, crisp taste that is perfect for either a chilly night or hot summer day watching the game. With a day game today fire up the grill and kick back with one of these and you’ll be set.


Mayberry Bails Out Papelbon, Phils End Half at .500

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 14, 2013 06:20 PM Comments: 6

John Mayberry Jr. singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth after Jonathan Papelbon‘s blew his fifth save to grab a 4-3 victory for the Phillies. The win puts the Phillies at 48-48 entering the All-Star break and, coupled with today’s Braves loss, puts them just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race. The 48-48 mark is 6.5 game better than last year’s 37-50 at the All-Star break and is six games ahead of last year’s 42-54 pace through 96 games played.

Papelbon Wastes Fine Hamels Outing

Cole Hamels notched his third straight quality start, scattering eight hits in eight innings pitched, walking none and giving up just two earned while striking out seven. Hamels benefited from a first inning, two-run RBI double from Dom Brown and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. Hamels was en route to his third straight win, handing the 3-2 game over to Papelbon in the ninth.  Papelbon allowed Dayan Viciedo to reach via single and Viciedo’s pinch runner Blake Tekotte stole second. Josh Phegley singled Tekotte home to knot the game at three. After a scoreless bottom of the ninth and top of the tenth, Chase Utley doubled in the bottom of the tenth off of former IronPig David Purcey. Purcey would intentionally walk Jimmy Rollins to face Brown. Brown advanced both runners on a fielder’s choice and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked. Mayberry singled up the middle to win the game 4-3.

.500 at Last

The Phillies are now 6.5 back of the NL East lead for the first time since June 22, ending a ten game homestand with seven wins and reached .500 for the first time since June 7. The Phillies sit just 5.5 back of the Cincinnati Reds with just the Nationals (0.5 games) and the Dodgers (0.5 games as of press time) in between. The Phillies will resume their season on Friday July 19 when the Phillies start a tough, nine-game road trip at Citi Field.


Gameday: Phillies (47-48) vs White Sox (37-54)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, July 14, 2013 12:22 PM Comments: 15

fmxwhl7ths305rlknb3oqb8j8Philadelphia Phillies (47-48) vs Chicago White Sox (37-54)

Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) v. Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67)

TIME: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try for .500 today after splitting the double header with the White Sox yesterday. The two teams played 24 innings of baseball, and both games were nearly four hours each.

The Phils will be without Ben Revere, who broke his foot on a foul ball yesterday. This will obviously be a huge loss not just for today but for a while.

Cole Hamels will get the nod, and despite having a rough season so far, has been spectacular in his last two starts. He’s 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. For the White Sox, Jose Quintana will start, and he’s been a pleasant surprise for Chicago this year.

Lineup: 3B M. Young, 2B Utley, SS Rollins, LF Brown, 1B Ruf, RF D. Young, CF Mayberry, C Ruiz, P Hamels.


Gameday: Phillies (44-46) vs Nationals (46-43)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 09, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 26

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (44-46-0) vs Washington Nationals (46-43)

Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) v. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, 80′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phillies tonight, and he will try to win back to back starts for the first time this year. The Phillies have won his last two starts, but Hamels was not the pitcher of record in the first–a game against the Padres on June 26 where he gave up five runs in six innings. His last start, however, was one of his best of the year. He held the Pirates to five hits and two runs (only one ER) over seven innings on July 4. He induced 18 whiffs, which is tied for his second most this year. He struck out eight and walked none. The last time he faced the Nationals, he gave up five runs (3 ER) over 6.1 innings and received his 8th loss of the year.

For the Nationals, some guy named Taylor Jordan will get the start. He’s only had two starts in his career, throwing a combined 10 innings and giving up three earned runs. He’ll be new to this Phillies lineup, so it’s tough to predict how he will do.


Orval Trappist AleYour Gameday Beer - Orval Trappist Ale
I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. - By Brian



Don’t Let These Phillies Fool You

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, July 09, 2013 01:30 PM Comments: 0

Cole Hamels takes the hill tonight against the Nats.  (Photo: AP)

Cole Hamels takes the hill tonight against the Nats. (Photo: AP)

It’s easy to get excited when the Phillies play like this.  They take a series from the Pirates in Pittsburgh, a series from the Braves at home, and then their No. 5 starter goes out last night and dominates the team directly above them in the standings.  To top it off, all of this comes against the backdrop of the front office laying down the gauntlet, first essentially dubbing this current homestand the Alamo and then holding a closed-door meeting to ensure the players got the message.  Even some of the Philly media are buying in.

I urge you to proceed with caution.

The Phillies have done this before.  In fact, Monday night marked the fourteenth time this season the Phillies have won consecutive games after a loss.  What they haven’t been able to do is get very far beyond that point.  The Phils have won three in a row only three times and five in a row once.  Do the math and you’ll see the problem; they’re 4-9 in games where they’ve won the last two.

That has to change if the Phillies want to jump back into contention.  Don’t believe me?  Then take it from the immortal Lou Brown:

“We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak… It has happened before.”

He’s right, but it hasn’t happened much in 2013 for this group.  On a serious note, if the Phillies continue to navigate through this season without reeling off some sort of hot stretch – 10 in a row, 12 of 13, 15 of 20 or something in that ballpark – they’re going to have to win every remaining series to have a shot at making the playoffs.  And let’s face it, that isn’t happening.

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Gameday: Phillies (40-45) vs. Pirates (52-31)

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 04, 2013 01:18 PM Comments: 37

Philadelphia Phillies (40-45) vs.Pittsburgh Pirates (52-31)images

LHP Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58 ERA) vs RHP Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70 ERA)

TIME: 1:35 ET, PNC Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 79, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Happy Independence Day, America!

The Phils and Bucs celebrate the birth of our fine country with an afternoon game along the banks of the Allegheny River.  Cole Hamels looks to once again avoid a career-worst 12th loss of the season.  He is pitted against righty Gerrit Cole who, on the flip side, is without a loss in his young career.


Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Fransden 3B, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Gameday Beer: Yuengling Lager

Phillies Nation Gameday Beer RecommendationThere’s a good chance you’ll be trying a variety of summer beers today, as you should on a warm and festive day such as this.  Yet at the end of the night when all those beers are gone, it’s time to dance with the girl that brought you.  We all know the Yuengling story and how it pairs well with everything - so pop a can or bottle and celebrate America’s long standing traditions of freedom and beer with a cold one from its oldest brewery.



Lannan Struggles, Phils Lose 6-5

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 03, 2013 10:47 PM Comments: 21



After falling behind three runs, Phillies nearly came back to tie it in the sixth and again in the ninth, but fell short with a 6-5 defeat. John Lannan struggled over the five innings he pitched, scattering 11 hits and allowing four runs. Three of the runs came off a Pedro Alvarez home run in the fifth. Domonic Brown had three hits, including a two run home run that nearly cleared the outfield seats in right field. Delmon Young also had three hits. They were the only Phillies with multiple hits.

Phillippe Aumont struggled in just 1/3 of an innings work, allowing a triple, a HBP and a double before being relieved by Jake Diekman. A wild pitch that allowed a run to score by Diekman would prove to be the deciding factor. Jason Grilli clinched his league-leading 28th save, but not before Domonic Brown launched a two-run home run off him.

The Phils and Pirates square off in a day game tomorrow, and they will wear the new Stars and Stripes caps by New Era. It’ll be a Cole-Hamels matchup and Gerrit Cole will pitch for the Pirates and Cole Hamels will pitch for the Phillies.

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