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)