Phillies starting pitcher Hamels throws to Washington Nationals during fifth inning of MLB National League baseball action in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

For the second day in a row, the Phillies fell to the Marlins, this time 2-0.  The bats were again lifeless.  Ben Francisco got the start over Ibanez, who has looked slow and old all season.  The entire offense only managed 4 hits.  The one under the radar offensive tidbit that continues to get overlooked is Carlos Ruiz.  With a 1 for 2 day, which included a walk, Ruiz brought is average up to .296 and is OBP to .486.  This will not continue but but if Carlos is continually getting on base at anything close to a .400 clip, he will aid this offense immensly by consistently turning over the lineup or getting so the pitcher can bunt.

The best part of today that I alluded to in the title was the performance of Cole Hamels.  Cole pitched 8 strong innings and allowed only 2 earned runs on 7 hits.  He didn't allow a single walk and struck out 7.  Also to be noted is that the second earned run was allowed by Ryan Madson surrendering a double to Dan Uggla, only the run was charged to Cole.  The outing dropped his ERA to 3.86.  If this is Hamels finally turning the corner after a messy first two outings, then things are going to look great for this club.  Roy Halladay is basically unbeatable and if Cole gives them a legit number 2, the playoffs are a lock and the World Series looks like a given.

Kyle Kendrick will take the mound on Tuesday (Jayson Werth's favorite holiday) at 7:05 as the Phils open up what should be many competitive series against the Braves.  Going for Atlanta is future ace in the making Tommy Hanson.