If only Cole Hamels and the Phils could face the Padres every night

If only Cole Hamels and the Phils could face the Padres every night

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Times are hard for baseball fans in Philadelphia. So when Reid Brignac hits a walkoff home run and Cole Hamels is simply filthy on the hill, we've got to savor those moments. For they may not happen again for a long time.

Although with the way Cole has been throwing, I think we can expect more of the same from the Phillies hundred million dollar arm.

From Jim Salisbury's game story from the park:

Hamels struck out a season-high 11 and he walked just one. He has racked up 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings spread over his last three starts to lower his ERA to 3.07 in 10 starts.

“He’s been real impressive,” Sandberg said. “Real good stuff. His changeup has been outstanding and he’s mixing in curveballs. Just the way he’s firing in the zone to both sides of the plate, you can tell he’s on a big roll.”

Nice to have something positive to watch once again. Now to figure out how to get the lowly Padres on the Phils schedule more...

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.