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Hamels Celebrates New Contract With Loss To Atlanta

Posted By Matt LaCoille On Jul 28 2012 @ 1:05 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

After just two days with his 144 million dollar contract, Cole Hamels had arguably the worst start of his career. After just four weeks after signing his minor league contract, Braves pitcher Ben Sheets continues to dazzle with his third straight victory. Sheets, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, is just trying to do his part on a Braves team that is within striking distance of a playoff spot. “I mean, I’m on a very good team and the guys are doing the heavy pulling. I’m just trying to put in a little two cents myself, trying to help us out,” said Sheets. Hamels on the other hand gave up a career high six walks and five runs in just five innings, his shortest outing of the season. “It was a long week,” Hamels said. “I don’t think I’ll have to experience that again.”

With the final score being 6-1 in favor of the Atlanta, the Braves not only had contributions from Sheets on the mound, but he put the ball into play in the second inning, leading to the Braves first run of the game. But the true moment that the flood gates open was a Brian McCann three run homerun off to give the Braves a commanding 5-1 lead. By tacking on another run to make it 6-1, the Braves ended the Phillies four game winning streak on an extremely humid day in Atlanta. For Hamels, it was an extremely unusual start for him as he has been one of the most consistent parts of the Phillies season thus far.

For McCann, he is the first player ever to hit a homerun against the Phillies in six straight games. “I like hitting right now,” McCann said. “It’s been a good couple of weeks, a good month I guess. I’m just glad I’m back to where I have been my whole career. My first half was brutal. I just put it behind me. To be honest I think that was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It made me get back to the basics and doing what I’ve always done. It was a wakeup call, it really was.”

For the Phillies, time is not on their side, as the trade deadline approaches, and their management needs to remain realistic about their chances of a playoff run, as that needs to be their focus before the July 31st deadline.

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