Hamels pitches a complete game shut out

I usually try to watch as little of the Best Damn Sports Show as possible. But they've got a great special on right now, the Top 50 Blow-Ups of all-time. Mostly, it's athletes going after various media members, usually TV goobs, after games. But Allen Iverson's famed "Practice?" monologue just played, and now I'm going to have that stuck in my head for the rest of the week.

One guy who didn't need much practice tonight was Cole Hamels (how's that for a segue?).

Four hits, his first complete game shutout, 120 pitches. It really was a masterful performance.

Other positives:

Ryan Howard hit his third home run in five games.

Shane Victorino hit his first home run of the season.

Pedro Feliz hit the ball well, narrowly missing a two home-run night (he'll have to settle for one).

Not many negatives, really.

What was the key to Hamels success? Pitching coach Rich Dubee thinks a lot of it had to do with the fastball. The thing was cracking tonight. When he's got that pitch flying, it makes his trademark change-up that much more deadly.

Read more in tomorrow's paper.