In a year where not much has gone right and playoff baseball has never been a realistic option, there are few things that could make the Philadelphia fan base feel good about the 2013 Phillies season. Even a win, although enjoyable, can't be looked at the same the way the season has gone. Well last night Cole Hamels, Cody Asche and the Phillies would deliver a win that could make the fans feel good as the team recorded 5-1 victory over the NL East leading Atlanta Braves, helping skipper Charlie Manuel reach the 1,000th career win mark.
[courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies Facebook page]
Cole Hamels was in top form as he records a complete game fanning nine batters and walking only one. The only run surrendered by Hamels came off a two out ground-rule double by Chris Johnson to score Justin Upton in the bottom of the 9th.
The Phillies offense recorded five runs off eight hits including a three-run home run by Cody Asche in the top of the sixth, after flashing some leather at third. Rollins, Utley and Asche had two hits a piece for the Phillies, while pitcher Cole Hamels hit a triple in the third inning and eventually driven in by a Rollins hit.
As for hitting the 1,000 victory mark, Charlie Manuel thanked all of he past and presents players for making it possible, but put it in perspective with how the season has been going. He said he was excited to break the 11 road game winless streak and they'll be back out tomorrow to take another.
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