Aaron Harang had another quality start, pitching 6 scoreless innings. He ’s won his last 4 and really pitched well enough to win again tonite. Dare i say this…i’ve come to enjoy watching him pitch. My 9 year old has better velocity, but the Harangatang has movement, he locates and changes speeds. He also leads the team with 17 quality starts.
However, Cole Hamels was on his game tonite. He allowed only 4 hits across 7 innings, 1 run, no passes and 9 KOs. In the post game interviews, he mentioned that he rarely used his best pitch, a change up, because his fastball was working so well tonite.
Alas, there was no score into the 7th when Shae Simmons came on in relief. After giving up a hit to Grady Sizemore, Shae served up nasty 2-2 slider that Rollins fouled off. I was sure, at that moment, that he was going to KO Rollins, but then he threw a sinker that didn’t sink and Rollins hammered it into the wind and over the fence. 2 – 0 Phillies. Grrrrr!
The Braves put a rally together in the bottom of the 7th. After Freeman was robbed of a hit on a terrific play by Chase Utley. Upton doubled, Heyward flied out. Chris Johnson doubled and plated Upton. Tommy LaStella left us hanging with a strikeout to end the flame.
B.J. Upton made it interesting in the 8th with an infield single, but then got caught stealing to end the inning.
Our 3 game win streak was stopped and we are now tied for first with the Nationals.