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Tampa Bay Rays-Phillies World Series Game 5: Hamels misses his chance at history

PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels' bid to win the Phillies' first World Series in 28 years and become the first pitcher to go 5-0 in a postseason washed away when Game 5 was suspended in the middle of the sixth inning.

Hamels, who beat the Rays in Game 1, was not his typical oppressive self. He relied on his fastball more than his normally sharp changeup in the 40-degree temperatures and rain from the fourth inning on. He allowed just a hit and a walk into the fourth before the Rays' Carlos Pena broke an 0-for-14 World Series slump with a double. He scored when Evan Longoria broke an 0-for-17 slide with a run-scoring single, and the Rays trailed 2-1.

B.J. Upton's two-out single and stolen base in the sixth set up a tying single by Pena.

Hamels had allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings when the game was suspended.

"We're not happy (Hamels) is out of the game, but obviously one of the strengths is our bullpen," Phillies GM Pat Gillick said. "(The Rays) will kind of be into their bullpen too, so that's where it will be fought."

Phils tout scouts: The Phillies used five scouts to canvass the AL Championship Series and Pena and Longoria entered Game 5 of the World Series a combined 0-for-29, and the Rays, partly as a result, were down 3-1.

Former Rays GM Chuck LaMar is the Phillies' director of professional scouting and could dissect any hitter, but the fact that he was fired before Pena or Longoria was acquired closes the argument that he has their deactivation code.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said his players' struggles had more to do with their mistakes than Phillies tactics, but the Phillies' preference for shoe-leather scouting — relying less on software vendors — gave manager Charlie Manuel reams of in-house intelligence to peruse.

"I think from my standpoint our scouting reports have been very good, especially here in the playoffs," Manuel said. "It's been real good. Pat Gillick, our general manager, he's still a guy that believes in scouting teams and sending guys out. And we still have major-league scouts, and our guys do a tremendous job. And he believes in that."

Unplanned: A Scott Kazmir pitch appeared to hit Hamels' left-hand pitching fingers on a fourth-inning bunt attempt. He spun away and shook the hand but continued the at-bat and bunted into a fielder's choice. Then he had to stand in the rain and run out several 3-and-2, two-out foul balls, not something a pitcher wants to do on a cold, rainy night.

New boss: Gillick already announced his intentions to step down at the end of the season and, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, his replacement could be assistant Ruben Amaro Jr. Philadelphia needs a replacement before the annual GM meetings begin Nov. 3 in Dana Point, Calif.

Phillers: The Phillies' 10-2 win in Game 4 was their first by eight runs in their postseason history. … Chase Utley, who was hit 27 times by pitches in the regular season, was drilled in the first inning by Kazmir. … Shane Victorino extended his club record postseason RBI total to 13 with a two-run single in the first.

Tampa Bay Rays-Phillies World Series Game 5: Hamels misses his chance at history 10/27/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:35pm]
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