Cole Hamels appears to have broken the hex.
He threw six innings without incident tonight against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, allowing just three hits, two runs and two walks. He struck out seven. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, losing the perfect game and the no-hitter when Chipper Jones reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth inning.
The Phillies hope this gets Hamels on track after he suffered injuries to his left elbow, left shoulder and left ankle the last couple months.
Shane Victorino had his career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped. He went 0 for 4. He hit .352 (25 for 71) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored during the streak.
Jayson Werth has homered in four of his last five games. He is hitting .417 (8 for 17) with four homers and 10 RBIs in that stretch.
A fan ran onto the field in the top of the sixth inning. He jumped onto the field somewhere along the right-field line, ran toward second base and actually slapped hands with third baseman Pedro Feliz before security got close to him. The fan then looked like Terrell Owens, splitting the secondary and running all the way to the right-field fence. He darted toward center field before finally getting tackled.
The guy broke a couple tackles. Sign him up!
“That was probably the most impressive one I’ve seen so far,” Hamels said. “He didn’t just give up. He was good. I’ll give him credit. If run onto the field, you better last a long time. Don’t just give up.”