Phillies Notes: Hamels has another strong outing

Catcher Carlos Ruiz, whose four hits tied a career high, talks with Cole Hamels in the Phils dugout during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Catcher Carlos Ruiz, whose four hits tied a career high, talks with Cole Hamels in the Phils dugout during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Posted: August 20, 2013

The renaissance of Cole Hamels extended into another start Sunday. He threw seven innings, struck out eight, and walked none in a no-decision. He threw more than 115 pitches for the second straight start and he looked strongest in the seventh inning of a 3-2 Phillies win.

The 29-year-old lefthander salvaged his season with a mechanical adjustment at the end of May.

"I wasn't getting myself in a right timing so I could release the pitches the right way and expect the results that I know I'm capable of," Hamels said. "Once I was able to watch the video of years past and work on things over and over, then it finally just clicked. Then, boom, here we have it."

Hamels has a 2.66 ERA in 98 innings (14 starts) since June 1. The Phillies are just 7-7 in those games. He has pitched at least five innings in 68 straight starts, which is the second longest streak in the majors behind Kansas City's James Shields (70 starts).

Each of his last five starts have lasted at least seven innings. His ERA is 1.66 in that span. Hamels has improved as the team flounders.

"You have to keep pushing yourself," Hamels said. "You can't be satisfied with what's gone on in the past. You have to keep preparing for the next game. You have to keep expecting to do things well."

Young hobbled

Michael Young hit the game's decisive pitch, but he did not start Sunday because of a sore left Achilles tendon. He was removed from Saturday's game.

"I've dealt with it in the past before, probably the last several seasons," he said. "This season it's felt the best, but there have been times where it just locks up and I've got to get off it."

Young said he could return Monday.

"Once I get off it," he said, "it literally feels much, much better, almost to the point where I really don't feel it at all."

Extra bases

Carlos Ruiz's four hits tied a career high. After a 2-for-20 start to 2013, Ruiz is batting .283 in his last 56 games. . . . Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies' $50 million closer, pitched for the second time in the Phillies' last 11 games, picking up the win. He has not had a save opportunity since Aug. 1. His last save was July 11.


 

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