Cole Hamels circled the bases for the first time, but was it in his last start for the Phillies, asks Jayson Stark. Story
"I can't control it," Hamels said after a 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants in 10 innings Saturday.Hamels and fellow All-Star pitcher Matt Cain hit homers in the same inning, but Gregor Blanco drove in the tiebreaking run with a drag-bunt single.The Phillies are hoping to re-sign Hamels before the 2008 World Series MVP becomes a free agent after this season. If a deal isn't reached before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Hamels could be gone. Of course, that doesn't mean the Phillies couldn't re-sign him in the offseason. Hamels already has said he would be open to returning to Philadelphia, even if he's traded."I think that's up in the air," Hamels said when asked if he's optimistic he'll sign a deal soon.This was hardly the pitching duel expected from two of the elite starters in the majors. Both allowed three homers and five runs. But they did their job with the bat."I figured he'd try to put one out," Cain said. "The most frustrating thing you can do is give up a homer to a pitcher."It was the first time pitchers homered off each other in the same game since Atlanta's Kevin Millwood and Colorado's Denny Stark did it on May 18, 2002. The last time it happened in the same inning was May 14, 1990 when Montreal's Kevin Gross and Los Angeles' Fernando Valenzuela went deep in the third inning."It was nice," Hamels said. "I enjoyed it more after giving up my first ever homer to a pitcher."All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera hit a tying homer off Hamels in the eighth and Buster Posey hit a two-run shot for the NL West-leading Giants, who are 7-1 since the All-Star break.Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer and Chase Utley also went deep for the last-place Phillies, who've lost three in a row and seven straight at home.The five-time defending NL East champions are 41-54 and moving closer to perhaps being a seller before the trade deadline.Hamels allowed 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings on a career-high 128 pitches. The three-time All-Star lefty is seeking a contract perhaps bigger than the megadeal Cain signed before the season. Cain signed a $112.5 million, five-year extension in April. The deal guaranteed him at least $141 million over seven years, including this season's salary and a 2018 buyout.Cain gave up five hits in eight innings. The five runs were tied for the most he's given up this year.Sergio Romo (3-1) retired the two batters he faced in the ninth and Santiago Casilla finished for his 24th save in 30 tries.Cabrera walked to start the 10th against Jonathan Papelbon (2-4) and went to third on Posey's looping single to right. After Pablo Sandoval struck out, Blanco put down a perfect bunt down the first-base line and beat it out without a throw.Blanco had missed a sign on a squeeze in the eighth. This time, the runner on third waited for contact before breaking toward the plate.Down 4-2, the Phillies rallied in the sixth. Jimmy Rollins walked to start the inning. Shane Victorino followed with a bloop single to right for his 1,000th career hit.After Utley flied out to shallow left, Howard connected. He ripped a 1-2 pitch to the seats in right-center to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead. Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, has three homers in 11 games after missing the first 84 games recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon.But the Giants tied it at 5 when Cabrera led off the eighth with his 10th homer. Hamels hadn't allowed three homers in a game since June 26, 2010, vs. Toronto. That was 67 starts ago.Posey followed with a double and advanced to third on a grounder. He was caught trying to steal home when Blanco took a pitch instead of bunting.Hamels gave up three homers in his previous five starts combined before giving up two in the third.First, Cain hit a towering shot to left for his sixth career homer and first this season. With two outs, Posey hit an 0-2 pitch out to left to put the Giants up 3-1.Hamels answered Cain in the bottom half by taking him deep to right for his first career homer, cutting the deficit to 3-2."Both pitchers made mistakes," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They're as good as anybody in the league."
Phillies are an NL-worst 17-29 at home. ... Utley has four homers in 23 career at-bats against Cain. ... The Phillies had their 266th straight sellout, including postseason. ... Barry Zito (8-6, 3.75) opposes Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) when the Giants try to complete the three-game sweep Sunday.
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Home Plate - Mike Everitt, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Laz Diaz
Matt Cain and Cole Hamels each homered in the 3rd inning
-- The last time opposing pitchers homered in the SAME GAME was May 18, 2002 (Kevin Millwood of the Braves and Denny Stark of the Rockies).
Millwood homered in the top of the 3rd. Stark homered in the bottom of the 4th
-- The last time opposing pitchers homered IN THE SAME INNING was April 13, 1997. Carlos Perez of the Expos homered off Kevin Ritz of the Rockies in the top of the 5th inning.
Darren Holmes relieved Ritz and homered against Perez in the bottom of the inning.
-- The last time one pitcher homered off another in the top of an inning, and then the pitchers reversed roles in the bottom of the inning-- May 14, 1990-- Kevin Gross of the Expos homered against Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers in the top of the 3rd inning. Valenzuela than homered against Gross in the bottom of the 3rd inning.