The weather in Philadelphia has been beautiful all weekend. Sunshine and cool breezes have graced Citizens Bank Park where the Phillies are enjoying a lengthy homestand. The weekend at least for the Phils ended on a note congruent with the weather. Behind Cole Hamels Darin Ruf and B.J. Rosenberg Ryne Sandberg’s club finished a series sweep of the Atlanta Braves (85-57) who are sure to win the National League East and own baseball’s second-best record. “Solid series” Sandberg the interim manager said. The series buoyed spirits in the clubhouse despite the Phillies (66-77) being well out of playoff contention. They are seeing contributions from veterans and youths alike something that bodes well for 2014. “We’re winning” Hamels said. “If it’s the Braves the Mets the Rockies the Padres we won three in a row and that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do to win. It’s something to build off of for next year.” Behind Hamels’ eight strong innings and Ruf’s go-ahead eighth-inning homer the Phillies topped the Braves 3-2 Sunday. It is the sixth consecutive Hamels start the Phillies have won; they lost nine of his first 10 starts. “He was outstanding” Sandberg said. “It was about time he got a late-inning run to give him the W.” With the win Hamels moves to 7-13 on the year though that is not indicative of how he’s performed. Sunday’s outing lowered his ERA to 3.45 on the season — 2.17 in his last 13 starts.
Phils' win finishes off 'solid series'
Courier-Post | Sep 9