Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hamels, Lidge shutdown Fish, Phils move two games ahead of ATL

Cole Hamels' 25 consecutive scoreless innings streak ended when he allowed a first inning run against the Marlins last night. Then, he started a new one.

Behind a once again dominant Hamels, the Phillies beat Florida 2-1 and moved two games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.

Hamels threw a career high 127 pitches over 6.2 innings in which he struck out 13 batters; the most strikeouts for a Phillies' pitcher since Hamels struck out 13 Marlins in June, 2008.

Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his 22nd save on the year. He's converted 12 of 13 save opportunities with a 0.52 ERA since July 31.

The Phillies have a sweep being served to them on a silver platter tonight, as Roy Halladay faces relief pitcher Jorge Sosa. It's likely he'll be held to three innings of work before turning it over to several different members of the bullpen. If the Phillies complete the sweep tonight, they'll be 13-5 against Florida this year, with a 8-1 record at Sun Life Stadium.

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