Hamels keeps Phillies winning streak alive

Get Adobe Flash player
Jayson Werth has no problem wearing the black hat in Philadelphia. The Nationals’ highest-priced player loves making life miserable for his former teammates in the park where he helped the Phillies win their second championship in their mostly woebegone history.

A battle was won by Werth over Cole Hamels after he blasted a homer to give the Nationals the lead. However, King Cole and the Phillies won the war by defeating the Nats, 4-2, Tuesday night. Werth was up with the bases loaded in the eighth inning with two outs. He flied out to deep center.

“We were playing a guessing game the whole game,” Hamels said of Werth. “He got me with that first at-bat. It’s a serious chess match between us. He’s a great hitter, so you have to make good pitches to him.”

Hamels made good pitches to just about every member of the Nats’ lineup. He gave up one run on six hits in eight stellar innings to improve to 4-11.

“He threw a heck of a game,” Charlie Manuel said. “He was absolutely outstanding in the eighth inning. I liked everything about it.”

It appeared as if Manuel would yank Hamels while visiting the mound in the eighth with one out and the bases loaded.

“I just said, ‘I’m not here to take you out,’” Manuel said. ‘I’m here to take a look at you.’ He grinned. I said, ‘You gonna get him?’ and he said, ‘I’ll get him.’

Hamels proceeded to strike out Ryan Zimmerman on three pitches before dispatching Werth with a fly to Revere. The ballpark approximated playoff intensity during Werth’s at-bat and was loud as it’s been this season after the Nats’ villain failed.

“Werth came close but no cigar,” Manuel said. “It was a heck of a game.”

It’s the first time Hamels has had back-to-back wins this season. But it wasn’t just Hamels. Domonic Brown had a big hit and RBI. Ben Revere led the team with two hits and a run scored.

“We’ve been playing a lot better,” Manuel said. “It just goes to show you that we can win games when we play good.”

Michael Young stroked a two-run double, which was the difference in the game. It was something to build on as the Phillies are now just a game under .500 at 45-46.

“Getting over .500 is better than being under it,” Michael Young said. “But it will still send us home after the last game of the regular season. For us to go where we want, we have to play better.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…