Jul 122010

July 12 Camden Courier-Post  

” In four days, the Phillies went from a reeling team, hoping to just stay close in the National League East, to a surging team, talking about getting to the postseason for the fourth straight season.

That’s what the Phillies’ four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds did for them, culminating in their 1-0 win Sunday.

This series had pretty much everything — three straight extra-inning walk-off wins for the first time in Phillies’ history; a rally from a six-run deficit in the ninth inning Friday; a near perfect game thrown against them Saturday; and back-to-back 1-0 wins for the first time since 1913.

“This game will consistently surprise you,” right fielder Jayson Werth said. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you definitely haven’t.”

The Phillies (47-40) have certainly seen enough this weekend to give them a good feeling going into the All-Star break.

They’re still 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. But the feeling is much different.

“Obviously, a sweep at the end of the first half in a four-game series is more than we expected,” Werth said. “It’s a good sign.”

It’s easy to think the Phillies can if they keep getting games like they have from Roy Halladay on Saturday, who pitched nine shutout innings; and Cole Hamels, who pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings Sunday.

Hamels has a 3.21 ERA over his last 13 starts despite a 5-5 record. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 12 of those games.

“The ERA can spike up and down like an earthquake,” Hamels said. “But if you can have more games where you have quality starts and keep the team in the game. . . .the key is to do that more times than not.”

Hamels needed some help, and perhaps some luck, to do it.”

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