Cole Hamels tossed 7.2 scoreless innings allowing five hits and two walks while striking out seven batters in a 8-0 victory over the Reds.
Hamels was on top of his game on Friday night, logging his first shutout of the season while improving to 2-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.26 WHIP through nine starts. Although his season hasn't gone fully to plan thus far, Hamels is still the proud owner of a K/9 just south of a strikeout per inning (8.95) despite a career-low 2.81 K/BB in the early going. The Phillies are expected to clean house before the trade deadline if they are not in contention, meaning Hamels could be in a new city to end the season which may increase or decrease his value depending on where he lands. He will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Padres on Thursday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck