Morning Phil Up – 5/18/2014 – Cole Hamels wins his 100th game
By Mike Lacy
May 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws a pitch during second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Reds, 12-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies defeat Reds 12-1
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
They scored runs! They actually scored runs!
Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit
I really hope this wasn’t a case where a struggling team finds a way to put it all together for one night and then goes back to sucking the next day. If they get shut out again today, I’m going to be very upset.
Cole Hamels earned his 100th career win, and had his 25th ten strikeout game. Dom Brown busted out with a homer and five RBIs.
Considering how every other pitcher they faced had been making the Phillies look foolish, Homer Bailey must feel really bad getting shelled by them.
Cincinnati Reds (19-22) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (18-22)
Tony Cingrani. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Game time: 1:35 PM
Starting pitchers: Tony Cingrani (2-2) vs. Cliff Lee (3-4)
Was last night a sign that the Phillies bats have woken up, or was it just a one-game fluke? Cliff Lee hopes its the former as he tries to pitch the Phillies to a series victory. In his last outing, Lee pitched well but was a victim of poor defense, most notably by Cody Asche. The Reds will send Tony Cigrani to the mound. This will be his first start since coming off the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. Before the injury, Cingrani had been pitching well, although not particularly deep into games. Considering this is his first start back, the Phillies will likely get some opportunities against the Reds’ bullpen.
Link of Interest
Philies Team Site – Hamels strikes out the side on nine pitches
Throughout his career, Cole Hamels had had his way with the Cincinnati Reds. But in the third inning of last night’s game, he managed a feat that very few have accomplished: He struck out the side on only nine pitches. Zack Coast, Brandon Phillips, and Todd Frazier all went down, and for each of the batters, strike three was a swing-and-a-miss.