Headed into Sunday's game it was easy to decipher why Hamels hadn't notched a win. With all of 10 runs of support while he was on the mound in the first five games, Hamels couldn't afford many mistakes. But with five runs highlighted by Ryan Howard's pinch double in the game-breaking seventh, Hamels had some wiggle room.
Though he allowed just two hits and a run in six innings, Hamels walked six. Fortunately, Hamels struck out eight and was able to strand 14 runners. Meanwhile, the bullpen had his back, working three shutout innings to preserve the series sweep at CitiField.
Back to Howard: His double pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. Over the last five games Howard has 10 RBIs. During the hitting streak, Howard is 13 for 37 (.351) with three doubles and a pair of homers.
Additionally, Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 4 with a double in his season debut. Maybe he gets the credit for helping Hamels focus after walking six?
Next, the Phillies get a day off on Monday before opening a short, two-game series in Cleveland. Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) will start the opener.