All of the smart money was on Cole Hamels today that he would start pitching more like the team ace and start to buckle down a bit. That was the plan anyway, but in the end it didn’t work out that way.
Hamels was cruising along pitching an okay game until the Royals loaded the bases and Billy Butler came up and just cleared a long fly ball to left field into the flowerbeds, at the stadium it looked as if it were just off the top of the wall and the umpires had to convene to review the videotape and see exactly where the ball landed. Butler ended up hitting a grand slam after the umpires emerged from the review office.
The Phillies had the lead at the point where the grand slam was hit by a score of 4-2, but the four run slam made it hard for the Phillies to catch up. Even if it wasn’t a grand slam and ended up being a double, Butler’s hit cleared the bases anyway.
The Phillies turned on some offense in their half of the first inning, it seemed effortless for them to score runners on small base hits and it was great to see and well received by the crowd. The fans that stayed around until the ninth inning were given a nice treat when the Phillies managed to score 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The rally was not enough to win but it showed that the Phillies still had some stamina late in the game and almost pulled off their second dramatic victory in a row.
Today was a career high day for Butler, with his 7 RBIs, the last time a Kansas City Royal did that was in 2008 (today’s tied the team record of 7 for Butler), and now Butler has eight RBIs on the season with one single home run which she hit off of Cole Hamels today which was a grand slam. It was Cole Hamels first ever grand slam that’s been hit off of him, that’s hard to believe that that was the first the home grand slam that Cole has ever given up. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for him, as he is trying to establish his presence as the ace of the pitching staff.
Jimmy Rollins put up his first 3 RBI’s of the season with a 3-run home run to get the Phillies close in the game near the end, but it’s was too little, too late, when the rally faltered with the Phils losing 9-8. Ryan Howard is still somewhat of a no-show for the 2013 season, turning in a 1-5 with 3 strikeouts and earning some more boos from the hometown crowd. There is something missing from his game, and now he has 8 SO on the season with only 3 RBI and 0 home runs so far into this season. In his first 6 games, Howard has a .167 BA.
The Mets come to town for a three-game series starting tomorrow night, and hopefully the Phillies can get some much needed wins under their belts with this Mets team that isn’t expected to do so well the season.