On Monday, the lefty spun together a complete game to lead the Phillies past the Braves, 5-1, and halt the team’s 11-game road losing streak, its longest since 1999.
Hamels’ brilliance also gave Charlie Manuel win No. 1,000 as a big-league manager.
Hamels has a 1.98 ERA over his last eight starts, but holds an incomprehensible 5-13 record for the season. To put Hamels’ tough-luck 2013 into perspective, the lefty has the same amount of quality starts (18) as baseball’s wins leader Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84).
Hamels nearly tossed his first shutout of the season, but allowed a run with two outs in the ninth inning. Aside from that late blemish, Hamels was spectacular, striking out nine on 123 pitches.
Hamels even chipped in with the bat. The 29-year-old tripled in the third inning and scored the game’s first run on a Jimmy Rollins single.
Cody Asche provided the rest, belting a three-run homer in the sixth inning and scoring the team’s fifth run in the ninth. The rookie also made two fine plays at third base -- one in the third inning to throw out Andrelton Simmons at first base after making a diving stop to his left, and another in the ninth to finish the game in which he charged a slow roller and made a running throw to get Dan Uggla at first.
Health update: Halladay, Howard
According to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, Roy Halladay will make a minor-league rehab start on Thursday for the club’s Gulf Coast League team. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Halladay may just need two rehab starts before he rejoins the Phillies’ rotation, which could be as early as the last week of August.
Not much of an update on Ryan Howard, but the first baseman is in Florida recovering from knee surgery, and according to Amaro, he’s unsure if Howard will play again this season.
The Phils continue their three-game set in Atlanta when Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) opposes Braves right-hander Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85) on Tuesday night.