Notes From The Phillies’ 6-5 Loss To TorontoBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
- Cole Hamels pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs through six innings.
- Hamels gave up a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning, but things really fell apart for the lefty in the fourth inning.
- Hamels began the fourth by surrendering a double to Jose Bautista, and then a single to Encarnacion. An RBI-groundout from Juan Francisco scored Bautista, and then two batters later Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer.
- The lefty finished his night by giving up an RBI double in the sixth inning.
- Marlon Byrd hit two doubles.
- Cody Asche looks like he may starting to figure some things out at the plate. Asche tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a Grand Slam with two outs. The third baseman also picked up two more hits in this game, including a double in the fifth.
- Carlos Ruiz hit out of the two-hole tonight, and recorded to hits, including his 10th double of the year.
- Freddy Galvis got another start for Jimmy Rollins at short, and turned in another dreadful night at the plate. Galvis hit into a double-play in the second.
- Ryan Howard singled home a run in the sixth.
- Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but gave up two walks.
- Jake Diekman threw a scoreless eighth.
- Jonathan Papelbon had another clean appearance in the ninth.
- Antonio Bastardo took the loss, allowing a run in the 10th inning.
It’s disappointing to see Cole Hamels continue to struggle.
Its been a rough go for the former World Series MVP in 2014. He began the year by battling tendinitis in Spring Training, returned to the major leagues only to battle flu-like symptoms and lose almost all of his starts.
He’s not looking crisp at all, and its fair to wonder if he’s really close to 100% right now. Hamels wanted to come back as soon as possible from the tendinitis problem, and it may still have some lingering effects or he simply might just be struggling to catch up with the rest of the major leaguers who have already been playing regular season ball for over a month while he’s still sort of catching himself up after missing Spring Training.
Fortunately for Hamels, the rest of the rotation has been performing at a high level, so there’s not as much pressure on him to figure things out soon. But if the Phillies want to really have a chance at competing throughout this summer, they need their ace to be in top form sooner rather than later.
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