Thursday, August 19, 2010

Phillies seek sweep of Giants, Hamels seeks support

The Phillies are red hot and now have a stranglehold over the NL Wild Card. After two impressive victories over the Giants to start the series, the Phillies are seeking a sweep tonight. They've guaranteed that they will lead the Wild Card after the series against the team that's now chasing the Phils.

Last night was impressive on so many levels. Joe Blanton, who typically gets off to bad starts, put the Phillies in an early first inning hole. But the Phils rallied behind Jimmy Rollins who was a double shy of hitting for a cycle and hit a big three-run home run in the fourth. Domonic Brown also hit an absolute blast into the upper deck as the Phillies continued to tack on late runs in an 8-2 victory.

Now, with a two game lead in the Wild Card, the Phillies send Cole Hamels to the mound. Hamels has lost two consecutive 1-0 games and ranks 47th out of 50 National League pitchers in worst run support. In his last seven games, he's allowed just ten earned runs. In those games, he's earned just one victory.

Hopefully this trend starts to turn around tonight and the Phillies continue to put runs on the board as they have.

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