Despite lack of run support, Hamels excels
ATLANTA -- Cole Hamels had little to show for his efforts Sunday, but at least he helped to temporarily stop the bleeding.
He pitched seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Braves in 10 innings at Turner Field, which snapped the Phillies' seven-game losing streak. The Phillies continue their 10-game road trip on Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
"Those guys did a good job," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said of the Phillies' offensive outburst in the 10th inning. "I wish they would have done it earlier in the game, you know? I kind of lamented the fact that Cole … I wish he would have matched up with one of the lesser pitchers, but nevertheless he's OK. He's fine with it."
Hamels allowed six hits and struck out six, while Braves right-hander Shelby Miller threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings. But once again Hamels earned a no-decision because the Phillies could not score a run for him. It is a familiar story for him. Hamels is 5-6 with a 3.02 ERA in 17 starts this season. In eight of those starts the Phillies have not scored for him while he has been in the game.
"It's unfortunate for us that we weren't able to get it done for him," said Ryan Howard, whose sacrifice fly in the 10th gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. "He was out there and throwing well. Both pitchers threw well, but to be able to get it in extras, you take it however you can."
Hamels appreciates the supportive words from Mackanin and his teammates, who do feel bad they cannot give their best pitcher any help. But he is OK.
"I like going up against the best," Hamels said. "When you're going up against the number ones of teams, it's enjoyable. If you're fearing to go against the best, what does that really describe about yourself?"