This lineup – Jason Bourgeois, Clint Barmes, J.D. Martinez, Carlos Lee, Matt Downs, Chris Johnson, Jason Michaels, Humberto Quintero – beat Cole Hamels tonight, 5-2 in the second of three against the Houston Astros.
Hamels surrendered four earned on nine hits through five innings of work. He walked one and struck out six. The majority of the damage came in the fourth, when Hamels allowed an RBI single to Bourgeois followed by a three-run homer off the bat of Barmes later in the inning.
Notwithstanding solo home runs from Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz, the Phils’ offense was lackluster. They managed just five hits on the night, marking the first time in 32 games that the club hasn’t tallied at least six knocks. The fact that the Phils looked so inept against J.A. Happ, of all people, was salt in the wound.
With the loss, and a 7-1 win for the Braves, the Phils missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side of this defeat, however, is that the Phils have responded very positively to losing streaks since the All-Star break. The team has won at least five consecutive games following each of the three second-half instances in which they’ve dropped multiple games in a row.
Next up: Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) toes the slab against Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78) in an 2:05 p.m. tilt on Wednesday, the series finale.