The Stat Line of the Night – 8/29/10 – Cole Hamels
Sitting two games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, and holding a 1.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the wild card race, wins have never been more important for the Philadelphia Phillies. Earning a victory yesterday afternoon would not be an easy task against the NL West leading San Diego Padres, but the Phils had an ace up their sleeve, and his name is Cole Hamels.
Hamels would give the entire Padres line-up fits all day, striking out six while giving up only four hits and no walks on route to an eight inning shutout performance. The Phils would score five runs of their own but all they really needed was one on this day as they would take this game by a score of 5-0. The victory was only Hamels’ eighth of the season, but it was an important one as it helped his team keep pace with both the Braves and the Giants, and in the process, earned Hamels “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, August 29, 2010.