Cole Hamels turned in his finest performance of the season on Tuesday night at the Bank against the Pirates. The problem was, the Phillies' bats offered no help in a 2-0 loss.
There wasn't too much Cole Hamels did wrong against the Pirates on Tuesday night. However, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't need much help to beat the Phillies.
Gaby Sanchez hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge doubled in a run in the fourth for all the offense the game saw. As a result Hamels' gem was wasted.
Hamels pitched eight innings and threw 118 pitches (82 strikes), allowing just those two runs on seven hits and a walk. Though he whiffed six hitters and lowered his ERA from 6.46 to 5.40, Hamels saw his record fall to 0-3 as the Phillies fell to 0-5 in his starts.
At the plate, the Phillies got a pinch single from Laynce Nix, a single from Michael Young (to push his hitting streak to 14 games), a double from Ryan Howard and a triple from John Mayberry.
Mayberry's triple came to open the bottom of the fourth, but when Dom Brown was hit by a pitch, Mayberry was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball hit by Ben Revere to Inge at third base. Gone was the Phils' best scoring opportunity as the club batted 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.
For the Pirates, lefty starter Jeff Locke gave up a pair of hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six hitters to improve to 2-1.
The series continues on Wednesday night when lefty Wandy Gonzalez (2-0, 0.56) takes on Roy Halladay (2-2, 6.04).