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Hamels, homers power Phillies

May 16, 2008 - 2:50 AM By Larry Dougherty PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Cole Hamels threw his first major league shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies hit three home runs in a 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Shane Victorino connected on two-run homer while Pedro Feliz and Ryan Howard added solo shots to power the Phillies. The three long balls increased Philadelphia's major league-leading total to 59 homers.

Hamels (5-3), who picked up his first career complete game, was imposing on the mound, retiring 15 batters in a row following a one-out single to Omar Infante in the first inning. Gregor Blanco, who entered the game in the fifth inning via a double switch, delivered a one-out single in the sixth, but Hamels retired the next two batters to end the frame.

"It is good. It is one of those monkeys that have been on my back, getting out of the eighth inning," Hamels said of the shutout. "Being able to get out of the eighth inning and allowing myself the possibilities of a ninth was definitely key for myself and for the team."

"He was good, very good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He pitched a heck of a ballgame."

After the Phillies left the bases loaded in the first inning, Feliz belted his sixth homer of the year on the first pitch by starter Chuck James (2-3) to lead off the second.

Howard delivered a solo shot in the third, his ninth of the season and second in as many games, with one out in the third. Feliz just missed another homer as his long single hit off the top of the left field fence to score Pat Burrell, making it 3-0 after three innings.

Victorino gave the Phillies a five-run lead with his two-run shot in the fourth.

"It feels good," said Victorino on his first homer of the season. "I have a long way to go. I will keep battling, keep playing. As long as we are winning that is all that really matters."

Meanwhile, Hamels was overpowering the Braves hitters, who were missing the major league's leading hitter, Chipper Jones (.418). The Atlanta third baseman was held out of the lineup after experiencing discomfort in his right groin muscle prior to the game.

The Phillies lefthander allowed just four hits while striking out six. He also added two hits in the game, increasing his batting average to .320 on the season.

"His strike-ball count was off the charts," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "You would almost have to throw a shutout against him and hope to scratch out a run to beat him tonight."

Hamels was efficient with his pitches, throwing 22 first-pitch strikes to the 32 batters he faced.

"(The key was) being able to throw strike one anytime. I was able to get six outs on first-pitch fastballs," Hamel said. "It also keeps your pitch count down and it also enables to not throw a strike and they are still going to swing. It is also keeping guys off balance and that was what I was able to do."

"It is nice to go out there when he is in a rhythm," Victorino said. "It seems like you are on and off the field. It keeps you on your toes. It keeps you in a groove, which is definitely nice."

After a leadoff single by Infante in the ninth, Jimmy Rollins helped preserve Hamels' shutout with a hard-hit double-play ball that knocked the reigning National League MVP on his backside. Rollins quickly recovered on the ball hit by Jeff Francoeur to turn the twin-killing. Hamels then struck out Mark Teixeira to end the game.

"That was huge," Hamels said of the double play. "That was a big moment as it was a hard-hit ball. Teixeira is a very good hitter and it was one of the key plays in keeping my pitch count down."

As dominant as Hamels was, James struggled through his four innings for the Braves. The lefthander allowed six hits, including all three homers.

"He is getting his change in the middle of the plate," Cox said. "He has got to adjust and Philly is a tough place to adjust in."

The one bright spot for Atlanta was its bullpen. Jorge Campillo tossed three scoreless inning and Chris Resop added one, allowed just a single by Hamels in the eighth.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 x 5 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - CHUCK JAMES, JORGE CAMPILLO (5TH), CHRIS RESOP (8TH) AND BRIAN
    MCCANN
    PHI - COLE HAMELS AND CHRIS COSTE

    HOME RUNS: ATL - NONE
    PHI - PEDRO FELIZ (6) OFF CHUC

    May 15 9:20 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SHANE VICTORINO (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF CHUCK JAMES SCORED JIMMY ROLLINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0, PHILADELPHIA 5
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.321, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Braves 0, Phillies 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 15 8:11 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PEDRO FELIZ SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    PHILADELPHIA 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C COSTE (.339, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Braves 0, Phillies 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 15 7:59 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN HOWARD (9) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF CHUCK JAMES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0, PHILADELPHIA 2
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P BURRELL (.295, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Phillies 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 15 7:53 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PEDRO FELIZ (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF CHUCK JAMES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0, PHILADELPHIA 1
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C COSTE (.339, 3 HR, 8 RBI)

    Braves 0, Phillies 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 15 7:36 PM
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    Braves vs. PhilliesMay 15 5:47 PM