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Wainwright vs. Hamels doesn't disappoint

May 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

Cole Hamels nearly gave the Phillies’ bullpen a night off Tuesday, out-dueling Adam Wainwright while taking a shutout into the ninth inning of a 1-0 game. Back-to-back doubles tied the game, at which point Charlie Manuel brought in Brad Lidge to get out of the jam … and he actually did. Lidge got three outs with the go-ahead run in scoring position and Carlos Ruiz eventually won the game with a walk-off homer in extras.
Hamels and Wainwright both got stuck with no-decisions despite excellent outings, with Wainwright dropping his ERA below 2.00 and Hamels getting his under 5.00. Obviously a 4.48 mark still isn’t pretty for Hamels, but a 44/12 K/BB ratio in 39 innings is promising.
As for Lidge, he didn’t get the call to save a 1-0 game because Hamels was seemingly in control, but with Ryan Madson expected to miss two months following toe surgery it’s only a matter of time.

  1. Jonny5 - May 5, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    If it weren’t for that meddling fan He would have probably had his shutout too!

  2. salvo - May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Key at bat was in the top of the 9th, tied 1-1 with one out and runners at 1st & 3rd, Brendan Ryan flails awkwardly at all three Lidge sliders, each one far out of the strike zone, in a situation in which a little contact likely gives the Cardinals the win. As a Cardinals fan, hard to watch. But I like seeing a good comeback story, and I hope Lidge can come back from his disastrous ’09.

  3. salvo - May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    28 swings-and-misses from the undisciplined Redbird hackers vs. Philly pitching last night…that’s your game story right there. For reference, there were 18 swings-and-misses against Rockies’ pitchers two nights ago when Ubaldo “100mph” Jimenez fanned 13…. McGwire needs to teach his charges that there’s not an auxiliary strike zone that exists from shoetops to shins…

  4. Jonny5 - May 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Salvo, that’s the beauty of the slider. It looks like a strike when the ump’s been calling knee high strikes all night, but it slides out of the strike zone right in front of the plate, if it’s done right. Now had the strike zone been higher Lidge is not as effective. That was most of last seasons issues with him, he kept the ball up, which is bad in his case.

  5. Utley's hair - May 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    With Hamels’ penchant for getting flustered so easily, Cholly should have pulled him right after the idiot ran onto the field. Cole’s mannerisms right after time was called screamed volumes. But, Lidge and Jose decked the Cards (I slay me), and Chooch’s rocket (plural, really) made the outcome sweet enough.

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