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Too Many Giants, Not Enough Cole: SF 15, Phils 2

Cole Hamels gives the Phillies their best chance to win any game, but what happens when he's not on top of things?

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies are a bad baseball team, probably the worst in Major League Baseball this season. But, as even a bad team can beat a good one once in a while, the Phillies do have a literal ace in the hole which should give them more than a reasonable chance to win against anyone, on every fifth day.

That ace is Cole Hamels. Surprise. Unfortunately, when theory becomes practice, two problems, one more frequent than the other, emerge. The first, and most common, is that the Phillies often neglect to provide Hamels with run support, presumably because he is a trader to are troops. Second, every once in a while, Hamels just isn't Hamels.

This isn't a failing unique to him, all ace pitchers have their off-days, but when Hamels is off, he can unravel in spectacular fashion.

So, back to tonight, where both problems showed up, and in big ways.

The offense gave Hamels only a single run of support (not exactly shameful against Madison Bumgarner) during his 3.1 innings on the hill--that alone should tell you something--and he allowed the Giants to rack up nine runs, capped by a Hunter Pence grand slam in the fourth, because of course.

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I think this game might best be described with a series of tweets:

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So.

Bright spots, right? Well, surprisingly, there weren't many. Hamels was pulled with one out in the fourth, having allowed eight runs in the inning; but Jake Diekman cleaned things up with two quick outs.

Ben Revere got two hits, and made a reasonably good diving catch in left field; Carlos Ruiz was three for four, with a double and home run, scoring both Phillies runs; and... that's it. Hamels was bad, the rest of the bullpen was bad, even Domonic Brown, with two hits, was bad (bad throw from right and a stupid baserunning gaffe).

Not exactly what I'd hoped for for my first live recap of this series, but them's the breaks.

With the loss, the Phillies, at 29-60,still have not yet won their 30th game. Tomorrow night, they will send David Buchanan and his 8.76 ERA to the hill against Ryan Vogelsong. Stay tuned!