Notes From The Phillies’ 6-1 Win Over AtlantaBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
- Cole Hamels pitched a tremendous ballgame, firing eight scoreless innings.
- Hamels had a rough start to the seventh inning, allowing a single, a double, and then hitting a batter with a pitch to load the bases. Cole got Tommy LaStella to line out to third, and then forced Andrelton Simmons into a double-play to end the inning.
- Ryan Howard supplied the team’s lone run through 12 innings with a solo homer in the second inning. Howard got the team’s five run outburst in the 13th started by reaching on an error, allowing Ben Revere to score.
- Marlon Byrd singled home a run in the 13th.
- Carlos Ruiz hit a sac fly RBI in the 13th.
- Reid Brignac went 3-6 with a two-run triple to cap the team’s scoring in the 13th.
- Domonic Brown went 1-5 with a walk, and missed an opportunity to tack on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth, but struck out with two men on.
- Ben Revere went 1-7 and scored a run.
- Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the season and his first since April. Papelbon allowed two singles to start the inning, and gave up a one-out hit to allow the tying run to score. The veteran did manage to send the game into extra innings.
- Justin De Fratus took over for Papelbon in the 10th. De Fratus gave up a one out triple, and then got Justin Upton to pop up to create the second out. The young reliever finished strong with a strikeout of Chris Johnson to end the threat and keep the game going.
- Mario Hollands pitched a clean 11th.
- Antonio Bastardo worked two scoreless innings in the 12th and 13th to get the win.
Watching this game unfold, you knew one run wasn’t going to be enough.
Leave it to Jonathan Papelbon to spoil an excellent performance by Cole Hamels, but at the same time this is a game that you’d like to Cole work through and finish the job.
The Phillies bullpen has looked much stronger as of late. Guys like Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands have been emerging as viable options, and even Antonio Bastardo has been on a pretty decent run of consistency as of late.
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