Cole Hamels is Awesome
The 23-year-old Hamels (6-1, 3.30 ERA) retired his first 18 batters and used his baffling changeup to strike out eleven Milwaukee Brewers (25-15), leading the Philadelphia Phillies (20-20) to a 6-2 victory and out of the basement for the first time last night. Apparently, he can swing the bat, too. Hamels had two singles for his first career multi-hit game.
Jeff Suppan (5-4, 3.25 ERA) gave up nine hits and six runs - four earned - in seven innings. J.J. Hardy had the Brew Crew's first hit, his 13th homer of the year and Milwaukee's only digit on the board.
Aaron Rowand hit a three-run shot in the second for the Phillies while Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell and Abraham Nunez each drove in a run a piece.