Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cole as cool as ever

In Miami Monday night, Cole Hamels threw his second consecutive complete game shut out, this time scattering 7 hits and a walk in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.  Cole (13-6, 2.91)  struck out 5, and has now pitched 22 straight shut out frames, allowing just 2 extra base hits during the stretch.  It is the right time of the season to get hot, and this streak will put him in the conversation for the Cy Young award.  I love the competitive fire this guy has, always wanting to win every game and competing with everything he has every time out.  On offense, Domonic Brown (.279) had 2 hits and  a walk, and scored a run for the Phillies.

Hamels' masterpiece is win #49 for HomeSiders in the major leagues this year.

In Toronto, the Blue Jays walked off in the 11th inning with a 3-2 win over Chicago.  Anthony Gose (.188 since his call up) was hit by a pitch and scored the first run in the opening inning, and then later reached base on a fielder's choice and stole 2nd base (his 5th major league steal), before being thrown out attempting to steal the next time after a walk.  On the replay, I thought he was safe the second time also, getting his hand on second base before the tag..............In Atlanta, Michael Bourn (.290) had a hit and scored the lone run for the Braves in a 4-1 loss to the Padres..................In Anaheim, the rebounding Indians beat the Angels, 6-2.  Jason Donald had 2 hits and an RBI, and Lou Marson picked up a hit, and 2  walks, knocking in a run and scoring another one for the Tribe.  The Indians' long losing streak has them buried in the division, but they are playing better lately, winning 4 of the last 6.

Finally, Mike Zagurski has been outrighted to AAA-Reno by the Diamondbacks.

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