Phillies Ace Flirts With Perfect Game

Hamels, Myers collaborate on two-hitter
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 17, 2007 5:52 AM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies closing pitcher Brett Myers celebrates after the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 6-2. (AP Photo/H....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Phillies lefty Cole Hamels pitched a perfect six innings en route to a 6-2 victory over the NL Central-leading Brewers, giving up only a walk, a double, and J.J. Hardy's thirteenth home run. Ace-turned-closer Brett Myers closed out the ninth to bring the Phillies back to .500 after a disappointing start to 2007.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins had declared during spring training that Philadelphia was the team to beat in the competitive NL East, an assertion belied by his team's 4-11 start.  The Phillies scored five runs in the first two frames against 2006 NLCS MVP and much-ballyhooed offseason pickup Jeff Suppan.