Obviously all the trade rumors swirling around Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels are not affecting his performance of late for the Phillies. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts, all in which have been quality starts for his struggling team. For this Sunday game against the Rockies, Hamels continued his dominance with an eight inning spectacle, allowing only one earned run and seven strike outs. The only run scored by the Rockies off of Hamels was a Carlos Gonzalez triple that brought in Marco Scutaro, but it too much Hamels for the Rockies to handle.
“Cole seems like he’s focused and he’s able to block it out,” said Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence.
Hunter Pence led the offensive charge Sunday afternoon, opening the flood gates and expanding the Phillies lead from 2-0 to 5-0 with a monster 438 foot three run blast. Fourteen games back of first place Washington, the Phillies are in dire need of performances such as these from Hamels and Pence. Unfortunately, it may be a little too late for this team in the competitive NL East, but they are certainly not giving up hope.
“Hopefully, he doesn’t have to do this too much and we can turn this thing around,” said Pence.
Drew Pomeranz took the loss for the Rockies, allowing five earned runs in five innings. It is vital that in order for the Phillies to even make an attempt at a comeback, they need to take advantage of weaker teams such as the Rockies. The road won’t get any easier for the Phillies, as they face the Dodgers, a streaky team as of late, losing 17 of their last 23 games.
This series against the Rockies, however, was one of the few series wins by the Phillies this season. Hopefully, Roy Halladay’s projected comeback start this Tuesday will spark a winning streak to cut down their deficit in the NL East.
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Written by Matt LaCoille
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