The Phillies offense was lackluster yet again, scoring only one run on seven hits. That run came courtesy of Cole Hamels helping himself in the fifth inning. Following two-out singles by Laynce Nix and Carlos Ruiz, Hamels stepped to the plate with a chance to give himself and his team the lead. He did just that, singling on a line drive to left field to score Nix. Hamels was subsequently picked off at first base, but not before he had done some damage. Unfortunately, Papelbon came on to blow the game, possibly Hamels' best outing of the season. After loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies failed to plate a run, and took the loss.
The Phillies will now welcome the NL East leading Braves to Citizens Bank Park for a four game series. Highly touted prospect Ethan Martin will make his major league debut as he takes Cliff Lee's turn in the rotation, as the ace remains sidelined with a stiff neck.
Side note, Brad "Lights Out" Lidge retired tonight and was celebrated as the Phillies kicked off alumni weekend. He took the mound one last time as he threw out the first pitch to his battery-mate from the 2008 World Series, Carlos Ruiz.
By: Kyle Babcock
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