On Monday night, the Phillies consecutive game sellout streak finally came to an end at 257 games. It was the longest sellout streak in the National League and the third longest in baseball history. The streak began on July 6, 2009 and the Phils were 154-103 during those games. Citizens Bank Park averaged 45,082 fans per game during the record-setting run for a total of 11,585,952. Now, that’s a lot of hot dogs!
But all good things must come to and end and thankfully some bad things as well. Last night the Phillies broke a streak of a different kind.
After seven straight losses to the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels said no more. The Phils lefty started earning the 144 million dollar deal paid for by all those sellouts with a brilliant performance in a 3-0 win against the Braves. Hamels struck out six, allowed only five hits and didn’t walk a batter on the way to his first regular season shutout since September 1, 2009.
In fact, Hamels was so dominant last night that the Braves did not get a single man to second base. Now that’s the kind of game that will get those ticket sales phone lines ringing again.