Even though it’s only been a little over two months, it’s been a long and frustrating season so far for the Philadelphia Phillies–especially for pitcher Cole Hamels. For a player that’s been considered one of the best pitchers throughout his career, it’s been frustrating for Hamels to start the year off with a 1-8 record, but hopefully Wednesday’s win against the Miami Marlins is just what he needed to turn things around.
Hamels was phenomenal for Philadelphia in their 6-1 win over Miami on Wednesday as the pitcher lasted a solid seven inning and only allowed one run to go along with 11 strikeouts to help get the Phillies back to .500 with a 30-30 record. Hamels has displayed some impressive performances over the season so far, but he’s struggled to find wins–mainly because of lack of run support from the offense.
Through the first seven innings of Wednesday’s game, it appeared that would be the case for Hamels once again until the offense woke up.
Thanks to a five-run seventh inning consisting of a go-ahead single by Jimmy Rollins, a triple by Ryan Howard, and a two-run home run by Domonic Brown, Hamels was able to pick up his first win since the end of April–which will hopefully boost his confidence after struggling over the last couple of weeks. Even if it was against a team like the Marlins, the Phillies have to be pleased with the way this last series turned out and hopefully–they can carry the momentum over into their next series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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