Cole Hamels looks to be returning to his 2008 World Series MVP form as he led his team to a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park Sunday night. Hamels was given adequate run support and the team’s bullpen shut down the Brewers to hold on to a 4-2 victory.
The only blemishes for Hamels on the night were back-to-back homeruns by the Brewers in the sixth. Casey McGehee, who ranks second in the National League in RBIs and seventh in homeruns, came up in the sixth with two out. McGehee then hit a homerun that put the Brewers on the board.
Corey Hart then followed McGehee with a jack of his own after coming within a few feet of hitting a grand-slam in the first inning. Hart’s near miss is indicative of how the Brewer’s have fared over their latest homestand. Milwaukee has lost eight in a row at home, and six straight.
The Brewers have been terrible on offense, being outscored 51-20 over their losing streak. The loss at home Sunday night brings Milwaukee’s home record to 4-14 when they play at Miller Park. Brewers pitcher Dave Bush hopes a change of scenery might help the team’s fortunes.
“I guess,” Bush said. “It can’t be any worse than it has been on this homestand.”
“It’s no fun to lose. None of us are in as good a mood when we lose a lot. That’ll take the excitement out of just about anybody. We have an overall positive group. Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves. ... It’s going to take more than that to suck it all out of us.”
Brewer’s manager Ken Macha believes the Brewers are doing the right things to win, and doesn’t believe a change is necessary in his clubhouse just yet.
“All you can do as a coach or a manager is examine yourself all the time and make sure you’re putting forth what you should be putting forth,” Macha said. “What you have been successful doing…continue to do that. To all of the sudden change the way you do stuff, I’m not looking to do that.”
The Phillies are excited about their young starter, Hamels, returning to the form he displayed in 2008 when he was awarded the World Series MVP award. The 27 year-old left-hander threw 6 2/3 innings allowing only the two homeruns in the sixth.
The bullpen for the Phillies combined to record the seven outs necessary to complete their sweep of the Brewers. J.C. Romero shut the door on the Brewers in the ninth. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder gave the Brewer faithful hope in the bottom half of the inning, but Casey McGehee hit into a double-play, and Corey Hart grounded out.
The Phillies face the the Pittsburgh Pirates at home Monday, and are set as heavy favorites at -220 to win by Online Sportsbooks. The Brewers look to break out of their slump on the road against the Cincinnati Reds and will send Yovani Gallardo to the hill to face Johnny Cueto. The Brewers are slight favorites on the road at -115.