Wash Out – Phillies lose 7-3 in rainy Atlanta

Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com

Ryan Howard's homerun was a lone sign of optimism last night. (Photo: AP)

Someone needs to tell the Phillies, despite the fact that it is only June 2nd, games still do count this early in the season.

Cole Hamels took the latest loss for the Phillies after pitching two-thirds of an inning last night.  A one hour rain-delay ensured that Hamels’ night would be a short one, even though by the looks of it, he wouldn’t have pitched long anyway. 

A few pitches before the game was stopped by the umpiring crew, Cole had given up a three run bomb to Troy Glaus in the bottom of the 1st, giving Atlanta an early 3-0 lead.

When the rain stopped and play resumed, the Braves tagged the Phils for another 3 runs off of Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo in the bottom of the 3rd and 5th innings, respectively. 

With the Phillies down 6-0 in the top of the 6th, something miraculous happened…

Ryan Howard hit a homerun!  A two-run homerun at that!  All of the sudden, we had an interesting baseball game to watch that involved the Phillies.

It didn’t take the team another inning, however, to forget how to hit/play baseball again.  In the 7th, with no outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, Victorino popped out weakly to first and Wilson Valdez hit into an unconventional double play to end the inning.

Most people would agree that it’s getting pretty boring to talk about how the Phillies can’t hit or field anymore, and that how, outside of Halladay’s perfection last Saturday, this team has been like watching a long, edited version of a Dane Cook standup act on Comedy Central (painfully boring and not funny).

So let’s discuss a topic that no one’s ever brought up before:  Cole Hamels is soft.  What?  That’s been said before?

Anyway, most fans who watched the first inning of the game last night knew that if it went to a rain delay, Cole Hamels was not coming back to pitch, no matter how long the delay was.  Charlie Manuel said after the game that once the delay hit 40 minutes, Cole was done.  Has there ever been a rain delay that’s last less than 40 minutes?  If there has than they are few and far between. 

The bottom line is this:  Atlanta starter Tim Hudson came back to pitch six innings after the delay, and Cole stayed in the locker room. 

In a series involving two team vying for 1st place in the division, seeing a guy who is supposed to be the “2” in one of the best “1-2” pitching duos in the league not come out after an hour long rain delay is disappointing.  We all know “it’s only June” and that this team can’t afford any more injuries to important pieces.  There’s just something about Hamels that he hasn’t had since 2008, and something this team hasn’t shown in the past few weeks. 

That ‘something’  seems to be the want and desire to win every single game, every day, no matter what time of year it is or what the circumstances call for. 

But hey, it’s only June…


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