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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Game 26: Ruiz wins it in 10th (15-11)

Cole Hamels pitched 8 scoreless innings, and may have pitched a CG shutout if not for a fan who ran onto the field during his delivery in the 9th inning. He allowed back to back doubles to the first two batters in the 9th inning, allowing the Cardinals to tie the game at one. Manuel correctly removed Hamels at this point, and Brad Lidge did an excellent job of keeping the game tied. The Phils went scoreless in the 9th, but Jose Contreras, who is the lone bright spot in the Phils' bullpen so far, recorded two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 tenth inning. Carlos Ruiz led off the 10th with a walk-off homer into the first row in left field.

Hamels did not get the win, but it is tough to demand anything more than last night's performance. With Joe Blanton back, this rotation will be very dangerous if Hamels can return to 2008 form.

No complaints for the manager, but I can't say the same for the fan who (may have) ruined Hamels' complete game.

Tonight the Phils try to take a lead in the series when RHP Kyle Kendrick faces RHP Brad Penny at 7:05 pm.

1 comment:

Henry Rowengartner said...

So Contreras throws 98 now? Either the CBP gun is hot or he found someway to gain 5 mph on his fastball at 38.

We can't afford for him to get suspended.