PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 8: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park on June 8, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Cole Hamels Dominates For 8th Win Of The Year

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Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Cole Hamels Dominates For 8th Win Of The Year

Cole Hamels may have come into the year as the fourth starter on paper, but so far this season he's made a strong argument that he may very well be the top arm on the staff. Hamels threw eight innings of shutout ball with no walks as the Phillies took the rubber game of their series with the LA Dodgers. Hamels improved to 6-0 all time (playoffs and regular season) against LA. It was the Phillies MLB leading 8th shutout of the season and tied Hamels for the MLB in wins with 8.

Ryan Howard broke the Phillies season high six game home run-less streak with a blast in the sixth inning. Prior to that, Howard had been 0-13 lifetime against Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda. The only other run the Phils managed came in the seventh when Shane Victorino tripled and was knocked in by Domonic Brown.

Tonight always looked like it was going to be a low scoring affair with Hamels and Kuroda on the mound, both of whom had dominated the opposing team in their careers. However, the Phillies once again fielded a depleted lineup as Jimmy Rollins missed another game and Chase Utley was given the night off after having payed five straight games. Amazingly, Cole Hamels came into this game with a higher batting averaging than everyone on the Phillies lineup save Placido Polanco.

The Phillies will start a four game series against the Cubs tomorrow night with Kyle Kendrick slated to get the start.


Final - 6.8.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 X 2 5 1
WP: Cole Hamels (8 - 2)
SV: Ryan Madson (14)
LP: Hiroki Kuroda (5 - 7)

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Phillies 3, Dodgers 2: Cliff Lee Strikes Out Ten

Cliff Lee struck out ten batters over seven innings of shutout ball as the Phillies took the opener of their series with the Dodgers 2-1. The Phils’ first two runs came in the third inning when Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both hit RBI singles.

They would add an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when Dodger killer Carlos Ruiz doubled in Chase Utley. The Phils won despite being outhit on the night 9-6.

The Dodgers got their lone run in the ninth off Ryan Madson as the Phils closer got himself into quick trouble. He allowed a leadoff double to Juan Uribe, then a single to James Loney to put runners on the corners with none out. Andre Either hit into a fielders’ choice, scoring Uribe. However, Madson would recover and struck out Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro to end the threat and earn his 13th save.

Roy Oswalt takes on Rubby De La Rosa tomorrow night.

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