Yes a Phillies win. And yes a four game sweep of the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. All is good in Philly. Right? I don’t mean to get personal in a post game wrap up but this four game sweep doesn’t really make me feel any better. Yes, don’t get me wrong, a sweep is exactly what the Phillies needed going into the All-Star break.
However, playing against such a potent offense like the Reds you would think a sweep means the Phillies were back to their normal ways of smashing the ball and putting up crooked numbers. Not the case. Except for the ninth inning Friday night, every inning the Phillies have scored in this series has only been the one run. It did work don’t get me wrong. But nothing is fixed. The starting pitchers, minus Kentucky Fried Blanton, really stepped it up. The trio of Kyle Kendrick, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels threw a combined 23.1 innings and allowed only 14 hits and one earned run. It was exactly what the Phillies offense needed only supporting their efforts with six runs over those three games.
The one good thing about the offense is they are putting the ball in play only striking out four times in this game. Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each had a walk and a hit while Jimmy Rollins contributed the other two hits including an RBI single in the third inning scoring Ruiz for the only run of the game.
That was all Hamels would need. He didn’t allow a run for the first time in his 18 starts this season. This does not mean he is back to his ’08 form yet but he is getting there. He worked out a bases loaded with no outs jam in the fourth. Hamels only struck out three but was able to trust the defense with balls in play. He also had three walk throwing 112 pitches.
After escaping a jam in last night’s game, Brad Lidge came in for the ninth to record the final two outs for his sixth save of the season. He needed only five pitches to end the game.
Worth noting: The Mets beat the Braves 3-0 which puts the Phillies 4 1/2 games behind the Braves and only a 1/2 game behind the Mets.