Last season starting pitcher Cole Hamels opened up the season 4th in the rotation, behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt. This season, however, Hamels has been the best of the best as he and Lance Lynn become the only MLB pitchers with 8 wins. Hamels’ importance is growing seeing that Halladay left yesterday’s game with a sore shoulder.
Hamels wasn’t his usual self, but he got some key outs towards the end and gladly accepted the support of utility man Ty Wigginton. Starting at first base, Wigginton went 3-3 while driving in a career-high six runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8-4 win over the rival New York Mets.
The Phillies have won 11 of their last 16 and are tied for 4th place in the National League east with the Atlanta Braves. It is the first time the Phillies have not been in the sole possession of last place since the first week of the season.
Hamels allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk and struck out six to improve to 8-1 and lower his ERA to 2.43 in eight innings of work.
This is the first time Hamels has allowed four runs in a game since September of 2011, just showing how dominant the southpaw has been of late. He allowed two home runs, both two-run dingers. However, the man did manage to get out of a major jam in the 8th. Andres Torres hit a lead-off double, then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Hamels then got Daniel Murphy to ground out to Freddy Galvis then David Wright, the hottest hitter in the MLB behind Josh Hamilton, to ground out to third baseman Placido Polanco.
Wigginton hit a two-run double in the third, an RBI single in the 7th, and then a three-run homer to left-center in the top of the ninth. John Mayberry Jr, who’s been struggling of late, added a two-run homer of his own in the sixth. The Mets’ homers came from Vinny Rottino and Scott Hairston.
Game 2 is on Tuesday at 7:10.