You want the East? You've got it – now let’s keep it. Ace left-hander Cole Hamels fanned 13 batters over eight brilliant shutout frames as the never-say-die Phillies have overtaken sole possession of the NL East with two to play, made possible by the Mets 7-4 loss to the Marlins at Shea Stadium. The unreal collapse of the Mets continues. A win tomorrow or Sunday guarantees a one-game playoff. A win tomorrow or Sunday, paired with another Mets’ loss, or if the Phillies win out, the Phils will have punched their ticket to the post-season for the first time since 1993.
Beerleaguer: Tonight showcased the stuff legends are made of for Hamels, who was superb. The 24-year-old southpaw, making just his third start since returning from a strained elbow, threw first-pitch strikes and had his curveball clicking all night. As the Nationals discovered, when the left-hander fires on all cylinders, he’s in a class by himself. Jimmy Rollins, pictured above, continued his quest for National League MVP by getting the Phillies on the board in the 5th inning with a two-run single. Later on, Ryan Howard padded the Phils' lead with his 45th home run.