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Fourth Place, Here We Stay: Phillies 4, Marlins 0

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This photo represents seven hits. It also represents how stupid high fives look when you're wearing a baseball glove. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
This photo represents seven hits. It also represents how stupid high fives look when you're wearing a baseball glove. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Cole Hamels twirled his second straight complete game shutout tonight as the Phillies defeated the Marlins 4-0. Hamels was straight up dominant, striking out five and walking just one on seven hits. He's pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings. I cannot adequately put into words how great he is and how much I adore him. I'm going to spend my day at work tomorrow doodling our names together with little hearts and stars everywhere. If we were in grade school, I'd be making him a friendship bracelet with embroidery floss and a safety pin fastened to my jeans. Then I'd make my best friend pass it to his best friend during lunch.

While Hamels was dominant, the Phillies offense wasn't quite sure what they were doing, really. Though the score shows that they plated four runs, which they most certainly did, they left approximately elevendy million men on base. (The real number of men left on base is 14, which is actually pretty mortifying.) They made Nate Eovaldi work -- he threw 103 pitches in five innings compared to Hamels' 113 in nine -- but they just couldn't get the big hit that would have capitalized on all that work. Watching men get left on base inning after inning is frustrating no matter how well your team is doing.

I won't complain, though. Well, I won't complain anymore, because everyone contributed to the win. Seven Phillies (including Cole Hamels) had at least one hit tonight. Domonic Brown, John Mayberry, and Kevin Frandsen each had two, and Juan Pierre had three (one was a triple). Erik Kratz and Ryan Howard both went hitless, but they each drew a walk and Kratz had an RBI sac fly.

The Marlins have been shut out in two straight games now. Winning is nice, but it's even nicer when it's a dominating shutout against a team in the same division, authored by your newly extended $144 million man.

Nowhere on this Fangraph does it show when Tom McCarthy said how surprised he was that no other teams wanted Greg Dobbs before the trade deadline. I just wanted to point that out.


Source: FanGraphs