Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s Cole Hamels, a 2002 first round amateur draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies, threw a 114 pitch, complete game, two-hit, shutout of Richmond earlier today, the Red Barons winning the matinee, 5-0. Hamels struck out 12 and walked only one.
The parent club can only gaze wistfully at Hamels’ performance in light of Jon Lieber’s ineffectiveness tonight against Florida (9 hits, 5 earned runs in 6 innings), as the Marlins lead the Phillies 5-4 in the top of the 7th. Florida’s Dan Uggla is 3 for 3 with a stolen base ; Philly’s Jimmy Rollins has hit his 3rd HR of the season.
(UPDATE : Aaron Rowland’s bases-clearing triple in the 7th put the Phillies ahead, 7-5. Tom Gordon is on in the bottom of the 9th vying for his 8th save)
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Hamels is having far more success against AAA batters than Jon Lieber and Ryan Madson have been lately as yesterdays outing followed up 7 innings shutout innings vs Norfolk with 14 K’s. Pat Gillick responded to the growing clamor by stating that Hamels needs to show that he can get knocked around in a start and bounce back before he is ready for the bigs. There may be a long wait as Hamels has yet to be chased during his minor league career. Translation: “If we bring him up before June 1st, we lose a year towards arbritation/free-agency”.