Cole's Gem

Headline on the cack page of today’s Philadelphia Daily News: FROM COLE, A GEM.

In checking with Webster’s Online Dictionary, a gem is:

**A crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry.
**Art highly prized for its beauty or perfection.
**A person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry.
**A precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry.

Description #2, really fits Cole’s 2-hit performance last night.  He indeed was an artist on the mound. 

How about these numbers?
 118 pitches
 80 strikes
 8 ground ball outs
 9 outs in the air
 9 strikeouts
 1 caught stealing

The Big Piece drove in the lone run, his 105th RBI for his career in September.  Ryan had 33 RBI last month, pushing his August career total to 133.  Prior to 2009, September was his best RBI month and it may well wind up that way again.

The 1-0 shutout was the fourth in Citizens Bank Park history and the second by the Phillies.  Other came against Washington, July 9, 2005 (Cory Lidle/Billy Wagner).

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