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Hamels Exits Early As Red Sox Defeat Phillies

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, June 30, 2011 05:03 PM | Comments: 17
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Steve Jeltz Award: David Herndon

Cole Hamels is just fine. At least it looks that way. He exited the game after the 4th inning when an Adrian Gonzalez line drive struck him on his non-pitching hand. He showed some discomfort, but went on to get the final out of the inning. He went into the clubhouse and never came back. The entire city of Philadelphia held it’s breath. Shortly thereafter, news came out that X-rays on Hamels’ hand had come back negative, and he will not miss his next start. Whew.

BUT…Shortly after the game, Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed reporters to say it is not a given that Hamels make his next start, going the opposite way that the team went earlier in the day.

As for the game itself? Ugh. David Herndon came in to replace Hamels and immediately gave up two runs in the 5th inning and one in the 6th. Andrew Carpenter made his first appearance in 2011, giving up back-to-back home runs to Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek (his 2nd of the day) in the 8th.

The Phillies offense didn’t fare much better. They didn’t get their first hit off Jon Lester until the 4th. Their next hit came in the 7th — an inning that had promise. That is, until Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez failed to capitalize with a runner in scoring position in back to back at bats. In the 9th, Ryan Howard hit a  two-run bomb 429 feet to right center, just above the AT&T sign for his 17th home run of the season. Jonathan Papelbon came in and put an end to any hopes of a rally and the Phillies dropped the final game of the series 5-2.

Sure, this loss wasn’t any fun, but they took the series; something a lot of us thought would be a tall task. So, overall the series was a success. The Phillies sit at 51-31 — the best record in the MLB — on pace for more wins than their MLB best 97 last year.

The Phillies go up north tomorrow for series with the Blue Jays. Kyle Kendrick takes the mound for the Phillies, while Ricky Romero takes the mound for the Blue Jays. The game starts at 1:07 pm.

NOTES:

-Cole Hamels did not speak after the game to reporters, apparently ticked off about a run in with a camera man.

-Charlie Manuel said Hamels had a significant bruise and the hand was wrapped, although reporters didn’t see it because he did not come out to talk.

-Ryan Howard’s RBI gave him 812 for his career, moving him into 9th place on the Phillies all time list ahead of Greg Luzinski.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Dayum didnt even know the game was on so early. I hope Cole is ok. Never been impressed with Carpenter nothing against him. I knew Herndon would eventually implode although he was doing ok till now.

     
  • Posts: 0 dylan

    ben fran and raul both need to go and our ben really needs to be healthy lets be serious i would love to trade those to bats and the scrappy guys we call a bull pen ( mathieson, herdon, carpenter, baez) for a mr. carlos beltron …and also for the love of god why is mike martinez on the team and john mayberry jr stuck in AAA doesnt make sense

     
  • Posts: 0 dylan

    “our bullpen* needs to be healthy” sorry

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Baez is useless we wont get a bag of Peanuts for him. Never been a fan of Carpenter I still think Mathieson could have something to offer if given the chances. The only thing we will get for Ben Fran is a prospect an Ibanez is untradable with his big contract an his rapidly diminishing skills.The jury is still out on Herndon he does ok then implodes at some point. They seem to like Herndon i dont think he is going anywhere certainly he is no trade piece for Beltran. I view Herndon as a future mop up guy the guy they bring in when we have a big lead(rarely) or down by a lot basically a Baez.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    The plan was with Herndon he would be in AAA this year refining his skills an gaining more experience. Then a possible late call up. The guy never even pitched in AAA prior to his short stint this year. Some how that all changed i guess primarily due to injuries.

     
  • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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    One observation from todays game – Raul is useless.
    Only one.

     
    • Posts: 1114 betasigmadeltashag

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      was he useless last night moron

       
      • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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        Name calling betasig?
        The guy has 5 rbi for the month of June, played in 26 games and had 1 hr. And you’re calling me a moron? Comon –

        Great, he had one good game – isn’t akin to the blind squirrell finding the nut?

         
  • Posts: 5398 Lefty

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    Folks, I don’t want to be an alarmist, but if Cole has a contusion, which is a medical term for “bruise” then why does he also have stitches??? I’ve been bruised many times by a ball, but never cut by one.

     
  • Posts: 5398 Lefty

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    In fact this description specifically says a contusion is –

    “an injury that -doesn’t break the skin- but results in some discoloration”

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/contusion

     
  • Posts: 5398 Lefty

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    Never mind, it appears the Phillies Website misquoted Amaro.

    “According to Amaro, Hamels boarded the team bus to the airport to travel to Toronto with a few stitches in his right hand and wearing a soft splint.”

    http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110630&content_id=21211590&vkey=news_phi&c_id=phi

    I found this which explains it more clearly

    “The imprint of the stitches on the baseball were still visible on Cole Hamels’ hand after the game, according to his general manager.”

    http://www.app.com/article/20110630/NJSPORTS033002/306300108/Hamels-hurt-in-Phillies-loss

     
  • Posts: 1114 betasigmadeltashag

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    Am the only one not worried about this team, the last three years the offense has gone in to the toilet each year for a period of time and went on a roll at others. The fact is that as long as this team can get healthy and stay that way by mid August thru October I am not worried. Not saying it will be easy and that they are a lock to be wFc because the playoffs anything can happen. But even with all the problems they are still on pace to win 102 games, which by the way is not that bad. So cheer up, not every pitcher in the pen are going to have perfect outing every time out there. Herdon has had some good outings and some bad ones, but he would not be in those situations as much as he is now because of injury. So lighten up on the guy. Carpenter is not ready, but the fact that the only pitchers you have in the pen that should be consistatly put in to pressure situations is Bastardo and Stutes(both of whom pitched the night before.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    No Raul wasnt useless last night but that was one good game he had. Against a pitcher that he has simply owned in the past. Is he capable of having a good game here an there sure. Hey he might even get streaky for 3 weeks. However most simply think he is done. I think the ol man is just outta gas. He is trying different things to wake up his bat but i just dont think he can at this point. No one knows for sure heck maybe next year an American League team will sign him for DH an he have 23 HR an bat .285 no on knows for sure. At times he looks outclassed i certainly hope RAJ is looking for a replacement a prove guy not Mayberry. let Mayberry an Dom Brown prove themselves next year for the OF spot. For now these two guys are just gaining ML experience.

     
  • Posts: 1114 betasigmadeltashag

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    raul is gone next year probably going to retire, but he is going to be in left field for most starts this year at least against right handers get used to it. There might be a waver wire aquesition to be a right handed bar a la Sweeny of last year but you are not going to get a proven bat or significant player pitching and defense and hope they get on a roll in october

     
  • Posts: 0 Gregg Legg

    Oh yes, the Steve Jeltz Award. Herndon is so deserving of this. He and Carpenter should be cut immediately for allowing homers to Varitek. Been watching baseball since the mid-80s, and I think Jeltz is the worst MLB player I have ever seen. Ever.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Maybe Mini Mart is Jeltz second coming Gregg. About the onlly thing Jeltz did ok was he drew walks a bit somehow.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Every time I give up on Raul, he goes through a ridiculous streak where he carries us on his back… unfortunately, I’m giving up on him more frequently now than ever. At some point, the streaky nature of his game, the concerns about his age combined with the fact that he plays no defense will become too much to bear. I really think (and I have said this before) that he won’t finish the season with the Phillies. I think that they’ll release him and he’ll find a home somewhere else. Dom needs to step it up. You could tell from the postgame the other night that he was embarrassed by his running gaffe and was focused on turning in a good game to redeem himself (which he did)… he said that he came in early and watched extra film and took some extra BP. If he can focus on being the every day player that we know he can be, I think that will help him immensely. Let him go out and prove it every day.

     
 
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