For starters, Evan Gattis hit the longest home run in the nine-year history of Citizens Bank Park with his second-inning shot off Hamels. According to ESPN's home run tracker, the ball traveled 484 feet. That's longer than those shots Ryan Howard hit into the third deck in right field as well as the one he hit over the batters' eye in center field. There was also one hit by Mike Piazza that took off like a rocket and lined over the seats and onto Ashburn Alley. That one may have cracked the concrete when it landed.
Gattis' homer is also the longest hit in the majors this season, topping a 476-foot shot from Hunter Pence at Coors Field, and it's the 10th longest homer going back to the 2006 season.
Gattis hit another one off Hamels in the seventh inning, giving him the only two hits off the Phils' lefty in the game and his 18th of the season. It seems as if Gattis is all but captured the NL Rookie of the Year Award, which makes one wonder how well Darin Ruf's numbers would have stood up if he spent the entire season in the big leagues.
Ruf hit his 13th homer of the season in the eighth inning to provide the game-winner. It's his 13th homer in 188 at-bats this season. Strangely, Ruf had just seven homers in 83 games at Triple A, further lending credence to the fact that the slugger is a late bloomer -- both in his development and in the way his season progresses.
Finally, once again Hamels was magnificient in Sunday's win. In eight innings, he gave up just the two hits to Gattis, to go with a pair of walks and nine strikeouts. Hamels threw 99 pitches and out of those, 34 were strikes that were either swung at and missed or called.
In other words, one out of every three pitches Hamels threw was a strike that couldn't be hit or even fouled off.
Most impressively, Hamels pitched at least five innings in his starts for the 72nd straight game. That's the 25th-best streak since 1916 and fifth-best by a Phillies' pitcher. Curt Schilling (87), Steve Carlton (81), Robin Roberts (73) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (73) rank just ahead of Hamels.
Now get this: Hamels is 27-23 during the streak with a 3.18 ERA. Out of the 45 starting pitchers with at least 62 straight games of pitching five innings, Hamels has the second lowest win total.