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Monday, May 7, 2012

Game 29: Hamels brings Phils within 4.5 games of Nats (14-15)

For the second straight game Carlos Ruiz batted in the top 6 of the lineup, and Cole Hamels went 8 innings while only allowing 1 run in the Phils' 9-3 victory last night. The run he allowed was Bryce Harper, who he intentionally put on base with a fastball to the back. Well done, Mr. Hamels.

No mistakes from Manuel tonight; I was okay with Hamels' throwing 109 pitches, because the score was still only 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning. With Jonathan Papelbon ready to close the game, the Phils extended the lead to 9-1 in the top of the ninth inning. This allowed Manuel to forgo Papelbon's appearance; Brian Sanches finished the game by allowing two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning before retiring the side.

If he doesn't pitch tonight, it will be a full week that Papelbon has had off, even though there were no off days and two extra-inning losses in that span. They're really getting the most out of this 50 million dollars.

Tonight the Phils start a 16-game stretch where 14 are played at home; Roy Halladay faces the Mets and LHP Jonothan Niese at 7:05 pm.

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