The Phillies swept the playoff-poised Padres right on out of Petco on the strength of dominant starting pitching.
Good pitching beats good hitting, and apparently, overcomes bad hitting. Yesterday, Cole Hamels carved up the Padres through eight shutout innings, retiring his final 16 batters, in a 5-0 statement win to complete the sweep of the league’s best team. Cole finally received a long-overdue care package of run support to help pick off the camouflage-clad Pads (uniform tops that emulated the look of the crowd and pants the color of turf would disguise them better in a ballpark setting).
The joy in being a Phillies fan in the Era of Aces is that now we get to watch them pop the Dodgers in the mouth with a pitcher who’s even better than Hamels tonight in Cy Young hopeful (front-runner?) Roy Halladay. Then the Phils have a let-up in Kyle Kendrick, who isn’t terrible by any stretch and could easily assemble a quality start. Then they’re back to Roy Oswalt, the vastly improved Joe Blanton and finally circle back to Hamels.
That’s airtight. It’s why you should be feeling very hopeful about reaching the postseason, and very excited by what they can achieve once they get there.