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June 13 Game Recap: Phillies 5, Red Sox 3
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Cole Hamels: The stopper.

After two straight games that saw their starting pitchers give up a total of 18 runs, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to Cole Hamels to stop the bleeding against the Boston Red Sox.

And boy, did he ever.

Cole was sharp from the outset, striking out four of the first six batters he faced with a fastball that touched the mid-90s. He made his only mistake of the day in the second inning, when he left an 0-2 cutter out over the plate to Adrian Beltre, who promptly launched it over The Green Monster to give the Red Sox an early 1-0 lead.

The Phils would not be deterred by an early deficit, and came storming back against Boston starter Tim Wakefield by tagging him for four runs in the top of the fourth. After Ryan Howard roped a one-out double to right, Jayson Werth brought him home with an RBI single, followed by a two-run homer from Raul Ibanez to give the Phils to lead. Ben Francisco then doubled and would score on an RBI single from Juan Castro to cap the Phils’ rally.

Hamels took control of the game from there, but would hit a spot of trouble in the sixth inning. With men on first and second with none away, Cole struck out Beltre on three pitches and got David Ortiz to ground out to second, before Mike Lowell popped up to end the threat.

The Phils tacked on an insurance run in the ninth inning on a Ben Francisco sacrifice fly, and turned the game over to J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge, who combined to allow two runs in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Phillies.

To say that this was a must-win for the Phillies would be a gross understatement. After having Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton get taken to task by the Red Sox, Hamels stepped up and shut them down, combined with just enough timely hitting to take the win.

The win puts them at 32-29 on the season and 3.5 games behind Atlanta for the division lead. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but it’s only June. Keep that in mind.

It doesn’t get much easier for the Phils, who head to the Bronx for a three-game set with the Yankees. In game one, Roy Halladay (8-4, 1.96) takes on CC Sabathia (6-3, 4.01).

Cole Hamels (W, 6-5) allowed one run over seven innings on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight.

Placido Polanco went 2 for 4 with a double (13).

Jayson Werth went 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 4 with a homer (4) and two RBIs.

Ben Francisco went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run.

Brad Lidge (S, 4) struck out one and allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning to earnthe save.

Tim Wakefield (L, 2-5) allowed four runs on seven hits over seven and third, walking one and striking out three.

Adrian Beltre went 1 for 4 with a homer (9) and an RBI.

Daniel Nava went 2 for 4 with a double (2) and an RBI.

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  • TonyIsDynamic


    Yeah, I’m not convinced. It was an awesome sight to see a win…but we did it all in a single inning.

    It’s a great feeling, but I wanna see it done against the tough schedule ahead. Yankees, Twins, Jays…

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Also, so I don’t come off as Negative Nancy.

    Cole Hamels deserves a lapdance for that FUCKWIN performance. His ERA is a fucking injustice because of that Atlanta game. He’s pitching LIGHTS out right now.

  • Jupiter’s Rings

    I know I’m among the minority uere, but I still like Jesus Christ Romero. Good to see him with Lidge doing the ol’ 1-2 of yore.

  • HereWeGoAgain

    Our team is made of so much win material, we can only go up. Over the two previous games we pretty much flatlined, but today there was a hint of life. It’ll take a few more games to see if we’re actually back or not, but I think we’re putting the coma behind us.

  • Pat M.

    Yes, hurrahs all around for Hamels’ performance and RAUUUUUUUUUL kicking Red Sox ass. But…

    I don’t think enough has been said about how good Polanco has actually been playing over the past few weeks. Even with everyone else in a slump (and Utley hitting sub-.260), he’s still hitting over 300.

    With Rollins back in the lineup, we’ll be unstoppable.

  • blackinmind

    when rollins comes back will they be careful with him? It be shit if he keeps messing up that injury over and over.

  • Nick


  • The Fightin in the Old Dominion

    Hamels was great today (and continuing his streak of being really, really, good). It’s nice to see him get some run support after losing that game against the Padres, which he should have won.

  • Hollywood

    Cole Hamel number one, Joe Blanton HAAACK THOOOE

  • MoyerIsMyHero

    Maybe Jamie and Joe’s starts helped the team see they had hit rock bottom. But they looked up from the gutter and saw the stars, and now they are picking themselves back up and climbing on. We can only hope, because fuck, it has been baaaaaad lately.

  • Watrick

    Let’s sweep the Yankees, so everyone can have wet dreams of “what-ifs” from last fall…

  • will.H

    crappy thing is.. they almost swept them last year

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    forgive me if I don’t wet myself because the Phillies won a singular game

  • Jesus Hitler Christ

    ^ that was in reference to tonight’s game

  • Boobs

    every time the Phillies win a game, I do this dance

  • MJM

    Kinda worried about rotation beyond the top two. Blanton hopefully overcomes the injury. Moyer scares me. Worried about him pitching well and exploding after trade deadline. Kendrick is Kendrick. Watched Happ today and, eh?

    Just scared. Not even sure what they could trade for. What do you do if you sign Pedro and the staff pitches well enough that you don’t need to replace a starter? What if the 3-5 suck in August and you have no one on hand? I don’t get paid to answer those questions, thankfully.

  • Uncle Charlie’s hands

    Did we win yet?

  • Sophie


  • Freid

    who’s ready for a world series rematch? I want blood!

  • Watrick

    ^^^What my comment at #11 was all about…

  • crazy4swayze

    i liked how this game was watchable. i celebrated with curly fries.

  • Minty Fresh

    What a nice feeling. A win.

  • Watrick

    Victorino still should have scored in the first…. Who doesn’t run on Drew?

  • TonyIsDynamic


    That made me almost choke up some bile. That runner not scoring’s been the story of this slump.

    Luckily that 4th inning happened…

  • Watrick

    Yeah, my dad started yelling things I weren’t sure were actual words. I know a lot of people don’t like JD around here, but I swear, my dad hates him with a passion that is unmatched by many people’s passion of things. He reads the box scores to see how bad he’s doing, and always makes sure I know, too. When the Sox played here, even the usher was looking at my dad for responses to anything and everything that Drew did. His passion for hating him is amazing to me. But, he also said Werth would hit into the double play, which he did. It was so tough to watch. And then, I wanted to watch the Strasburg game, and TBS screwed me there, too, by only showing it on their HD feed. I bought my dad an HD tv like a year and a half ago, and he refuses to pay anything more for television. I’ve been extremely busy as of late, but my first year of teaching is coming to an end, and I’ll look into it then, but does Xfinity from Crapcast cost anything extra to get HD?

  • Jupiter’s Rings

    HEYHEYHEYHEY I know I’ve asked before, but I figure I’ll ask again. I’m headed up to New York to see Doc fight CupCake – anybody else going?

  • Freid

    I bet Cole is in his hotel room enjoying a Mimosa and watching True Blood in his bathrobe, possibly with a facial.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Double no-hitters on ESPN…

  • Uncle Charlie’s hands

    My boy Gavin. Not really my boy.

  • Dubee Dubee Du

    I have come to the realization that I am not worried about our Phillies. They have just played one of the worst months of baseball I have ever witnessed a Phillies team play and they are still only 3.5 games out of first. They have more talent in the 8 man lineup than any team in the NL and the top 2 pitchers are looking like the #1 and 1A we hoped for. The Moyer-Kendrick dou will be a 75% good 25% bad tandem throughout the season. Heavy B. is a concern because oblique strains can take awhile to heal and he just may not get any better without more rest. Fortunately there is hope that JA Happ is getting healthy. Lidge looks like his old self again and Contreras should help nicely in the pen as the 8th inning man til MadDog returns. JC needs to keep working to build his stuff back to where he needs to be and Durbin needs to get less 2 inning outings to keep his arm strong. I believe with a little luck in the healing the pen can do the job all summer. Jimmy needs to get back when he is 100% and not risk another 8 weeks on the DL and once that happens watch out bro. That being said I will try to do my part and I will not read a TonyIsDynamic rant again until the Phils clinch the NL East. See you in September TID.

  • Dubee Dubee Du

    @Watrick your father seems to be a very smart and astute fan. You would be wise to emmulate him in his fandom. Just make sure you wear gloves so there won’t be any prints on the batteries you guys throw at JD Drew next time he’s in town.

  • Undocorkscrew

    Fuck the Braves!

  • The Fightin in the Old Dominion

    @ Watrick:

    I have comcast and its like another 10 dollars a month. The HD lineup isn’t that great (even with sports; I had MLB network in HD in NY with another provider for like 2 years, but comcast doesn’t), but sports needs HD like a hot day needs beer

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Aw come on Dubee Dubee Du, eternal pessimist is my GIMMICK!

    Every time I say “Relax guys, it’s only ____!” is just to piss in Eric’s face.

  • Eric

    Just kidding. It’s not really Eric. But I bet you were flustered with the thought that douche was back from Europe already.

  • James Fayleez

    Quality outing by PEANUT CHEWS. His last few starts have me back on board.
    I guess I can put up with his pussy fights at the mound with Chooch, as long as he continues to deliver 7 innings and 3 runs or less.

    As for Joe “Batting Practice” Blanton and Jamie “Thank God this is the last year” Moyer…it’s amazing how a lack of hitting can expose how mediocre these two are.

    Both of you can go fuck yourself. You’re stealing money this year.

  • HereWeGoAgain

    @Dubee, I feel the same way. This slump can’t last. As long as the guys stay or get healthy, we’re solid. I can’t believe that HLHIII, with his perfect game, won’t see the World Series! He joined a team that has been there the last two years, and with Hamels and Lidge looking great, as long as our runs come in… we’re getting rings this fall.

  • lolphils

    Only recap wins now, eh? This blog fucking sucks.

  • Mark

    Here is my wet dream:

    1. Mayberry & Brown are called up to play outfield.
    2. Werth, Ibanez, & Blanton to Seattle for Cliff Lee who is signed to a 3-4 year deal.
    3. Halladay, Lee & Hamels for the playoff rotation & World Series victory.

    About a 0% chance that this could ever come close to happening but it would be so fucking awesome.

  • TonyIsDynamic

    Seattle would trade their player with a couple months left on his deal for another guy a couple months on his deal, the guy they didn’t resign to a deal originally who’s now 2 years older at 37, and a pitcher with a a 7.00+ ERA for one of the best pitchers in the league.

    You’re gonna need some towels to clean up that wetness.

  • spacecoyote

    …and, also… Mayberry? Does anyone still think he’s worth half a shit?

  • Watrick

    @The Fightin in the Old Dominion-I know that Comcast has MLB Network in HD in my area, because I watch it all the time at my girlfriend’s place. But yeah, if it’s only like $10 more, I should be making the phone call to try and get a box within the next week or so. Thanks.

  • dlhunter

    So hdysr? still whereabouts unknown?

  • Watrick

    Did Happ just say he needed to execute to have sex during his “ONLY ON COMCAST!!!!!!!!” exclusive interview with Marshal Harris? I think so. I hope to see something about this on here.

    I was also hoping to see something about how funny it was when Chris Wheeler couldn’t use the telestrator on Friday, but I guess thefightins dot com took the weekend off.

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    i saw that. he was trying to telestrate how shallow the sideline is in fenway and couldnt get the marker even close to the wall. damn technology from 20 years ago

  • Adam Eaton

    Screw this shit. Where is Johnny Hotcakes? Where the hell did he go?

  • Defenestrate Wheels

    he should have demonstrated how to do a swan dive from the top of the green monster

  • spnnrbait40

    All you Phillies fans are a bunch of babies…. face it you got crushed by a far superior team who was playing a bunch of their triple a players…. And what is your record against BOSTON. something like 5-20…. LOL…Your new schedule next year will include the TOLEDO MUDHENS and probobly a team from the Mexican winter league…. GO JD DREW AND GO SOX…..

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    red sox fans will never learn, you don’t gloat in june. see you in september, if you can catch the rays and yanks. so maybe not

  • spnnrbait40

    ANd if we were in the lowly NL….WE would alredy have a 15 game lead feasting on your mediocre pitching and overpaid slumping offenses. LOL Maybe you should get another pitcher out of the old folks home to replace Moyer..No world series for you… unless you loaded your schedule with all your games against the Pirates….GOOOOOOO DREWWWWW

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    pirates??? they’re not in our division. don’t the orioles have like 17 wins. the sox play them like 20 times. our offense is slumping, but you’re all too familiar with that. the sox got off to a terrible start as I remember, and are still talking about Big Pop-ups lack off production after he got player of the month in may. I’m making ribs for the 4th of July, Ellsbury’s

  • J

    I love how fans of other teams take the time to come to a PHILLIES related site to gloat about winning a series in June. Get a life.

  • Jdashdog

    DID YOU KNOW??? If your comments include “LOL” you automatically lose all credibility

    Anyway, just about a month ago the Sox we’re struggling to get above .500 and your own GM was questioning the heart of the team. Fuck off.

  • spnnrbait40

    And when rollins comes back maybe you should let him pitch…..probobly be an improvement in your weak staff….and the team will save money on DEPENDS.. you know how the economy is these days

  • wheels’ hairpiece

    how old is wakefield, he looked great yesterday

  • BJ

    Will somebody throw a battery at this moron? Go home, loser

  • Cole Handsome

    This forum is about my hair and my Maltese, not the Red Sox.

  • Watrick

    This guy probably had no luck calling into the Boston sports radio, since Schilling was calling in to talk about how if he pitched yesterday’s game, he wouldn’t have lost. If he wasn’t saying that, I’m sure he was thinking that, and still talking about something else about how good he is at something…

  • Watrick

    And just so you know, we play the Sox more than the Pirates this year. Yay inter-league!

  • Defenestrate Wheels

    ahhh boston, where the men are men and so are the women…

  • bigmyc

    #27, well if he is, I t think it’s deservedly so.

  • BJ

    This whole season is going to come down to that the final series during the first week of October in Atlanta. From the looks of it, people will still be saying “Hey, it’s only October”

  • CrashDavis

    I expected the beginning of this post to say “Cole Hamels sticks his finger in the dyke” followed by “heh heh dyke”

  • James Fayleez

    I think Cole still considers girls, “ICKY.”

  • Gabrielle

    I’m happy with the win, but I’m still in the mindset where it’s too damn stressful to watch them play. I can’t stand the heartache, man. I’m crossing every finger, toe, and eye that yesterday’s W is the beginning of a beautiful summer…

  • Fat Joe Blanton

    I’m just throwing this out there but spnnrbait40 = bigmiles?

  • Watrick

    Haha, Bam got sent to the hospital….

  • Ozzie Virgil’s Beard

    Cole really has been superb. I made a comment a while back that one or two starts in a row doesn’t mean he’s returned to his old form. Well it’s been about a month and a half of strong outings. He’s been sensational through May and June and his 6-5 record is incredibly deceiving.

    Tomorrow night’s pitching matchup is must see TV.

  • BigMiles

    You serious Joe? You must have missed my multiple posts over the last couple days where I was ripping people for jumping off the bandwagon and when I backed our front office while people were bashing them. Does that sound like something a Red Sox fan would do? You’re an idiot.

  • Phylan

    People were bashing the front office? Nobody paged me?

  • spnnrbait40

    It would have been nice to see a Moyer vs Atchison duel but after the third inning they would hace to delay the game for a pitchers nap time…..

  • A-ROID

    Whoopdee do, we won a game. Now we will get swept by the Yankees

  • The Killer Zs

    This is when you wish that Myers was still here so that he could rattle ol Chee Cheeburger. I would have loved to been in on the “players only” meeting by the batting cages at Fenway. I hope it was run by Doc who just stood at his full hieght and said “guys, WTF?”

  • Fat Joe Blanton

    no it sounds like a guy that pretends to be a Mets fan to irritate other commenters, would it be that unbelievable to think that you would pretend to be a Redsox fan too?

  • BigMiles

    How do I pretend to be a Mets fan to irritate other commenters? Please go back and find one piece of evidence to show that I posted something that was not in support of the Phillies. I’ll give you as long as you would like…

    Oh and GO RED SOX AND METS AND YANKEES. I love all of them except the Phillies and change my username to different things just to feel cool on the Internet and make other people angry.

  • Phan Stuck in nyc

    Gabrielle – I know what you mean. I got SO upset Fri & Sat that I swear if someone had ck’d my BP they’d have thought I was going to stroke out. I just know it can’t be good for me in some way.

    Killer Zs – Truthfully Doc’s presence has put this thouht in the back of my mind all along that something good will eventually come out of this. I just can’t believe he’d sign with a team/an org that he thought was going to outright fail. He signed here to be with winners. But as we’re all keenly aware by now, anything can happen.

  • Fat Joe Blanton

    my mistake miles, it was bigmyc. Mixed up your names, apologies.

  • Swift

    I love our fans.

  • I

    To Charlie and Company:
    Hey Guys,
    I know you guys have been having a rough time over the past few games. The Fightin Phils turn to the Strugglin Phils. (thanks for yesterday though, truthfully, I’ve never like Cole until then). It seems as though all those fair weathered “Phans” that are responsible for your sell out games are starting to turn their backs on you. I on the other hand would never do that. I sat in your stands rain or shine, win or loose, crab fries in hand, dollar dog in the other, watching you guys swing away…. year after losing year. (I’m not complaining mind you). All that being said, I totally know you guys have it in you to pull out of this slump. (perhaps an inspirational phone call from Jimmy down in sunny Florida, or a short reading from Ryan’s book “Yes!!! Its Me!” (available on amazon for $24.95), or when all else fails, share an ice cream cone with Chooch and throw a pie into Polanco’s (albeit large) face. The point I’m trying to make is, good bad or ugly we have a common interest. We all hate New York. I don’t care if its a Met or a Yankee. They all smell. So guys, please, for me, you, and the rest of the Phans getting a stomach ache every time you guys take the field these days, please wake up tomorrow night and destroy the Yankees!!! If you can embarrass them 3 nights in a row in their house, all other offenses will totally be forgiven…. (even the 12 to 2 and 10 to 2 games against Boston…..and any past or future loses against the “natinals”)… seriously though. CRUSH THEM.
    Ok thanks guys! see you soon!

  • World Forker Champion ’11

    Honestly, I have gotten to the point over the past few weeks where I will only tune in to root on our guys having quality starts regardless of the fact that most of the games ended up as big fat L’s, mostly due to the woeful offense of late. Hamels has seemingly turned a corner over the past month and a half or so, and I can only hope that he can keep this up all season. Halladay of course has been awesome as well, but that’s to be expected from a guy who’s been the model of consistency over the majority of his career.

    I am still not sold on the offensive slump being broken yet though, since certain Phillies such as a certain Mr. Utley still do not look good at the plate, and the many MANY lost scoring chances over the past few weeks. Consideringg that we are now in the midst of interleague play, we truly ABSOLUTELY need to see the bats come alive and fast…and Tuesday’s game VS everyones fat trillion dollar Yankee pitcher would be an ideal time to see it.

  • Gabrielle

    @Phan: if someone had ck’d your BP? Sounds kinky. Let’s not even get started about that one time someone had zr’d my NW and LF’d all over the CQ. WOO what a night that was!


    Keep talking, Gabrielle. I’m almost finished.

  • Ozzie Virgil’s Beard

    I love it when Gabrielle talks abbreviated dirty…..

  • CrashDavis

    Werth stealing 2nd and 3rd made me hard as a rock!!!

  • will.H

    gabrielle lightly finished all over the colin quinn?

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