Cole Hamels was on his game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Hamels shut down the Braves hitters in the Philadelphia Phillies' 3-0 victory over the Braves in the second game of their series in Philadelphia.
Hamels, who recently signed a mammoth contract extension with the Phillies, threw a complete game shutout. He struck out six batters while only allowing five hits.
"It was one of those nights," Chipper Jones said of Hamels. "Guy makes a lot of money for a reason. He's pretty good."
Mike Minor had a rough first inning that accounted for all of the Phillies' offense. After allowing back-to-back doubles to start the inning, Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run that gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Minor settled down after that first inning to match zeros with Hamels the rest of the way. Minor went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
"Right now, I can say well I went seven innings, three runs, that's a pretty good start," Minor said of his performance. "And if somebody didn't watch the game they would say hey, you did pretty well tonight. But obviously if you watched the pitch location, I really didn't have a whole lot tonight. I just tried to battle and went 2-0 to a lot of guys, leadoff batters were on base it seemed like every inning. I walked two guys but it seemed like I walked a lot more."
"He kept getting stronger and stronger, but even when Mikey (Bourn) got on base there with the bunt single, there weren't very many good swings," manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Hamels' outing. "Not because we weren't trying. It was because he was that effective and that darn good tonight."
Luis Avilan and Cory Gearrin completed a perfect eighth inning for the Braves.
The Braves will look to win the series on Wednesday when they send Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45 ERA) to the mound against Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45 ERA) at 7:05 PM EDT.
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