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Charlie Manuel Pulled the Old ‘Close But No Cee-gar’ on Jayson Werth

Jul 10, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

Cole Hamels worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning by striking out Ryan Zimmerman with heat and battling Jayson Werth who had already taken him deep earlier in the game. Once Hamels won the final battle against Werth in the eighth, the Citizens Bank Park faithful erupted.

source:  Hamels commented after the game that the crowd like that is why they all love playing in Philadelphia.

Cole finished the night going 8.0 strong innings while allowing 6 hits and striking out 4. Only the Werth solo shot really hurt him. Maybe he read our pregame post.

Following the game, Manuel had a pretty funny Charlie-ism when asked about Werth’s final at bat in the eighth. “Close but no cigar,” Charlie said in only a way Charlie can. You can watch it above.

Could these two victories over the Nationals be the start of something? Jim Salisbury seems to think so.

  1. Mike - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    While I think this team is mediocre, I do feel they have a reasonable (by reasonable I mean in the 15-20% range) chance at the playoffs. This isn’t a strong division right now and all three teams are flawed. I don’t think it’s likely, but if they are able to hang around into Sept, I can see them sneaking in. I just don’t believe in the Braves and the Nats had one very good year, that said I just don’t think Ruben can pull off a competent in season deal.

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  2. Uge - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    All along I thought this team was good, but under achieving. That is most of the reason it was so hard to watch them play.

    That said, we are hurt without a health Roy Halladay. But I think this team has a good shot at winning the division. At least as good an any of the other teams.

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  3. psudrozz - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    mayberry still needs work

    the talent disparity b/t him and werth is an order of magnitude.

    after cole got werth, i started to calm down-until i saw bastardo warming up

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  4. psudrozz - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    mayberry still needs work

    the talent disparity b/t him and werth is an order of magnitude.

    after cole got werth, i started to calm down-until i saw bastardo warming up

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