National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Arizona|
(Wednesday, April 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Arizona 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Cole Hamels tossed eight strong innings,
striking out seven while allowing two runs on four hits, as Philadelphia took
the rubber match of a three-game set with Arizona in 7-2 fashion on Wednesday.
Placido Polanco reached base in all five plate appearances, finishing 3-for-3
with a run batted in and two runs scored and Hunter Pence and Hamels (3-1)
drove in two runs apiece for the Phillies, who finished their 10-game western
road trip with a 5-5 record.
"Our starting pitching has been real good to this point. I look at it, we
could've had a few more wins," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "You see
Hamels or [Roy] Halladay or [Cliff] Lee pitching and they give up two runs, we
have to win those games."
Trevor Cahill (1-2) suffered the loss by allowing four runs on six hits and
two walks with three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Paul Goldschmidt and Jason
Kubel knocked in runs in the losing effort, Arizona's seventh in nine games.
"I felt pretty good today, felt like my ball was moving," Cahill said. "I just
couldn't put anybody away when I had to, and couldn't make that big pitch."
Polanco singled and moved to second on a passed ball in the first before
scoring on Pence's soft grounder to left field. Pence then tried to score on
Laynce Nix's hit off Cody Ransom's glove, but was thrown out at home.
Juan Pierre opened the sixth inning with a single, moved to second on a walk
to Polanco and third on a groundout. He came home on a wild pitch with Pence
at the plate.
Pence's hit brought home Polanco, ending Cahill's afternoon. Craig Breslow
spelled him and eventually gave up run-scoring singles to Carlos Ruiz and
Hamels around another base hit and a walk before Pierre grounded out to end
the five-run inning that pushed Philadelphia's advantage to 6-0.
Hamels had retired 18 straight batters since the first inning until Aaron
Hill's single with one out in the seventh.
Singles to Justin Upton and Jason Kubel followed to bring home the
Diamondbacks' first run, and Pete Orr's error allowed Upton to cross the plate
two batters later, but Hamels escaped further damage with a bases-loaded
double play ball.
The lefty struck out the side in the eighth to complete his line.
Arizona pitcher Joe Martinez made his major-league debut in the ninth inning,
giving up an RBI double to Polanco before recording three consecutive outs.
Michael Schwimer, recalled from Lehigh earlier Wednesday in place of the
injured Michael Stutes, tossed a perfect bottom of the ninth for Philadelphia.
In the first inning, Willie Bloomquist was picked off and caught stealing
third, Hamels to Polanco to Hamels to Orr to Freddie Galvis to Nix...Carlos
Ruiz tried to score from first base on a wild pitch in the second inning, but
was thrown out a few feet from home...Arizona had just four hits.
04/25 20:25:09 ET