(Sports Network) - With baseball's non-waiver trading deadline nearly two
weeks away, Cole Hamels may be entering his final few starts in a Philadelphia
Phillies uniform, that is if they can't sign him to a contract extension.
Hamels is due to become a free agent at the end of this season and will
command big money on the open market, but the Phillies may not wait that long
to pull the trigger on a trade, especially considering they're in last place
in the NL East and well behind the pack in the chase for the two wild card
spots. The Phillies have also reportedly been in talks with the All-Star about
getting an extension done prior to July 31.
This afternoon, Hamels takes the hill against the Rockies in the rubber match
of a three-game series. The lefty is 0-1 over his last three starts, but has
pitched seven innings in each outing, most recently a no-decision vs. the Mets
on July 5.
Hamels is 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA in four games against the Rockies.
Drew Pomeranz will be facing the Phillies for the first time in his career.
The lefty won his first decision in his last start, allowing a hit over 6 1/3
scoreless innings at Washington on July 6.
Last night, Vance Worley pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and went 2-for-3 at the
plate with a clutch two-run double in an 8-5 Phillies win.
"I don't mind hitting here," joked Worley. "I don't enjoy pitching here, it's
funky. It's hard to breathe and you really have to make sure you get on top of
the ball and direct it otherwise it's not going to do anything."
Worley (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts
to earn the win. Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final five outs of the game to
notch his 19th save of the season.
Carlos Ruiz clubbed a three-run home run and Chase Utley added a pair of RBI
singles among his three hits for the Phils, who snapped a five-game losing
streak. Juan Pierre went 3-for-3 with a run scored and Shane Victorino
contributed two hits, including an RBI triple, in the victory.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-9) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits
with three strikeouts and two walks. Wilin Rosario crushed a three-run home
run and Carlos Gonzalez added an RBI double for the Rockies, who had their
brief two-game winning streak snapped.
Guthrie gave up four runs in the opening inning, including the homer to Ruiz.
"You look at four runs and just think the world is coming to an end, but it
really came down to one big pitch to Ruiz to one of the best hitters in the
league right now," admitted Guthrie.
Philadelphia took two of three meetings earlier this season and has won 15 of
the last 19 games between the clubs. The Phillies have not lost a series in
Denver since July 6-8, 2007. On the flip side, the Phils have dropped their
last eight Sunday contests.
07/15 10:35:55 ET
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