Throwing all four of his pitches for strikes, Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92) brushed off an early home run and pitched seven innings of three-hit, eight-strikeout ball in a 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
We've said it before, but this time, it's going to stick:
Hamels is back to being his old self again, and just as scouts said during spring training, the best is yet to come. Playing the
eye-level game with a fastball/change-up was only going to take him so
far. With the addition of third and fourth pitches that he can command
for strikes, he'll be in the same class as Roy Halladay. After the
game, the man of the hour summarized how he successfully stayed ahead
of a smart Boston lineup, which you can watch in the video above. The secret was establishing his full repertoire early in the game.
What he didn't mention was that his pitches were all A-grade, including
a very hard fastball and a fine breaking ball that he threw quite a
bit; Phillies.com counted 10 of them.
Rollins re-injures calf: Jimmy Rollins suffered a mild strain to his right calf muscle and was taken out in the sixth inning. He's listed as day-to-day. He came back too soon; it's as simple as that. There is an extremely high risk of re-inury with this type of strain. There was really no reason to push it with the Phillies rolling through their schedule.