Whether you were at the beach, a barbecue or even your backyard, it was great afternoon to get Wiggy wit it. Ty Wigginton had his best game as a Phillie and it helped back the Phillies’ hottest pitcher who also pitched his worst start – in terms of runs allowed – all season.
But for Cole Hamels, his performance, coming in second on the day behind only Wigginton’s, was once again masterful. Hamels continues to take down opponent after opponent.
Wigginton and Hamels did plenty enough for the Phillies to win. But their story is simply the spotlight of the game. Another team effort aided in another Phillies win.
The Phillies struck first in this one with a pair of third-inning runs on a double by Wigginton. It would be the Phillies only hit of the game for some time.
In the fifth, Hamels made his first mistake, allowing a two-run shot to Vinny Rottino to tie the game.
John Mayberry Jr. made up for the mistake in the sixth, getting a hold of a Jon Niese pitch for a two-run shot of his own to retake the lead.
The Mets tied it again in the sixth with one swing, as Scott Hairston went deep for a two-run shot.
But that was all Hamels would allow, and in the seventh, Wigginton came through with a two-out RBI single to put the Phillies in front again.
Hamels then pitched the seventh and around a lead-off double in the eighth to keep the lead. Wigginton padded it in the ninth with a three-run shot to put the game away.
Hamels was done after eight innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon came on for the rest and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off the Phillies’ 8-4 win over the Mets.
Ty Wigginton certainly played out of his mind today. He went 3-for-3 at the plate, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Each of his hits drove in runs and he also walked twice to reach base in all five of his plate appearances.
But Wigginton wasn’t the only one having a good day at the plate. John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-5 with his two-run homer and Hunter Pence was 1-for-3 but added to walks to constantly be on base.
But the real story was Cole Hamels. He worked another eight-inning game. He threw 109 pitches, and like with most starts, as the pitch count got higher, Hamels got better. His most impressive inning by far was his final inning, when he stranded the tying run on third base while getting the final two outs.
Hamels became the first pitcher to win eight games this season, but the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn joined him just a few moments later. Either way, Hamels’ latest win has the Phillies so much closer to escaping last place. With the loss the Mets suffer here and the Braves and Nationals both losing as well, the Phillies are now tied for fourth place with the Braves and four games back of the Nationals in the NL East.
It’s a start for the Phillies, but they must keep it going if they finally want to get out of last place for good. They get that chance tomorrow night when the Phillies face the Mets in the second game of this three-game series. Joe Blanton gets the start against Jeremy Hefner.
L: Bobby Parnell (1-1)