If you're a fan of pitching duels, Citizens Bank Park must have been paradise on Monday night.
Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg were dealing and the offenses couldn't do much about it.
But how about that pitching?
Check out these lines:
Strasburg: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
Hamels: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
It was disconcerting when Ryne Sandberg pulled Hamels after just 87 pitches. The lefty was due up second in the bottom of the eighth inning, but was yanked after his seventh frame.
What was up?
Afterward, per CSNPhilly.com's John Finger, Hamels said he had a rough pregame bullpen session because of a sore back, so the Phils were simply playing it safe. The left-hander said he was feeling soreness after bar hopping in Chicago. He was kidding. It was because of the team's busy schedule of late.
Hamels has now thrown eight straight quality starts but has just two wins over that stretch (2-1, 1.98 ERA).
With the Phillies trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning, the bats went on a two-out rally. Cesar Hernandez worked a walk, Rollins doubled him home before Ruiz delivered the go-ahead RBI. Rollins scored on a Ruiz single by using a textbook headfirst slide to elude the tag.
Turns out, Monday was the 2008 World Series crew providing a flash of old memories.
Ethan Martin (2-3, 6.39) opposes Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 3.56) on Tuesday night.