Phillies 4, Nationals 1
Cole Hamels was more impressed with his performance at the plate
on a night when he went the distance.
Hamels pitched a five-hitter, Raul Ibanez doubled twice as he
stopped an 0-for-35 slump and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the
Washington Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Hamels chipped in offensively with two hits, including a
”Being a pitcher, you’re not supposed to hit,” Hamels said.
”We have a competition among the starters and I don’t want to
Jayson Werth was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game in
Philadelphia since signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the
Nationals. Werth was mostly booed when he came to the plate in the
first inning, but he turned the jeers into cheers when he took off
his helmet and tipped it to the crowd.
”I was very grateful,” Werth said. ”I’ll remember it for the
rest of my life. It meant a lot to me.”
Hamels (4-1) struck out six and walked one in his eighth career
complete game and first since last Aug. 13, at the New York
Michael Morse homered for the Nationals. Livan Hernandez (3-3)
allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The four-time defending NL East champion Phillies have won nine
of 12 and are 19-9 overall.
Hernandez retired his first eight batters until Hamels tripled
in the third. Hamels hit a high drive off the scoreboard in right
and hustled into third standing with his first career triple.
”I knew it wasn’t out, so I kept running and if they threw me
out then I got a double,” Hamels said.
Jimmy Rollins, back in his customary leadoff spot for the first
time this season, followed with a line-drive single to make it 1-0.
Rollins tripled in the fifth and scored on Placido Polanco’s
The 2007 NL MVP finished 2 for 4 with a walk. Rollins batted
.271 with only one homer and five RBIs while filling in for the
injured Chase Utley in the three-hole. Polanco batted third and
Shane Victorino went from leadoff to second.
Morse hit an opposite-field shot to right to cut Washington’s
deficit to 2-1 in the seventh. It was just the second homer allowed
by Hamels this season.
Philadelphia added insurance runs in the bottom half on Ryan
Howard’s RBI single and Ibanez’s RBI double. Ibanez’s ground-rule
double in the fourth was his first hit since April 18.
”You don’t want to see anybody go through that,” Ibanez said.
”The only way I have to function is to pretend it never
Since an awful first start, Hamels has pitched at least seven
innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last five
starts. The lanky lefty improved to 10-3 against Washington.
Notes: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman had surgery in Philadelphia
on Tuesday to repair a tear in his abdominal muscle. Manager Jim
Riggleman expects Zimmerman to be at the ballpark to start his
rehab on Wednesday. … Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Utley
soon could be ready to play in extended spring training. Utley has
been sidelined all season with a knee injury. … Hamels’ triple
was the first by a Phillies pitcher since the late Cory Lidle’s at
Pittsburgh on April 29, 2006. … Hernandez threw a curve that was
clocked at 59 mph and his fastball topped out at 85. … A crowd of
45,695 was the 151st straight sellout, including postseason