Total Pro Sports – With the Philadelphia Phillies in trade talks with the Toronto Blue Jays for their ace Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels went out last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks and reminded the club of the talent on the mound they already possess. Should a deal be reached between the two teams, a Hamels-Halladay rotation will surely increase the Phillies chances of repeating as World Series champions by a dramatic proportion.
The Diamondbacks earned a single run off the lefty in the first inning when Ryan Roberts connected for a solo home run, but Hamels was lights out after that. Going eight solid innings, he would only allow the single run on four hits while striking out nine. Such a performance led the Phillies to the 4-3 victory and earned Hamels “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Tuesday, July 28th, 2009.
It was a good thing that the Phillies received such a strong effort from their starting pitcher as closer Brad Lidge was shakey in the ninth inning, allowing two runs, which would bring the score to 4-3. He did manage to hold on, but in the process, also reminded the Phillies that they may want to look into adding a closer as well prior to the trade deadline.