Phils Win Hall of Fame Exhibition 7-5

Under beautiful, sunny skies in Cooperstown, New York, the Phillies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays took part in the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game. The Phillies came out on top 7-5 with a young left-hander stealing the show. A couple of former Phillies had some fun in the sun too. All in all, it was a day of fun and a chance for some of today's and tomorrow's major leaguers to get a glimpse of the past and a look at what may lie ahead for only a few of them.

The object of the game Monday was to not let anybody get hurt and to breath in the air of greatness. With that in mind, eight of the Phillies minor league players got the chance to play with the big boys in Cooperstown, New York.

By far, the biggest news was the outing by Cole Hamels. The 19 year old threw five innings allowing three hits and striking out nine. The Devil Rays managed two earned runs off of him, but Hamels definitely impressed fans and players alike. As for Hamels, he was impressed, too. "It was great to go out and play with the big leaguers and to listen to what they have to say," remarked Hamels.

Two other minor league pitchers saw action as Reading's Frank Brooks got the win with two innings of work, striking out four. Clearwater's Bobby Korecky pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save.

As for position players, Vince Vukovich (0-3), Brian Hitchcox (1-3), Kiel Fisher (0-4), Trent Pratt (0-1) and Jake Blalock (0-1) all saw playing time for the Phillies.

Fans also got to see Pat Burrell and Marlon Byrd launch homeruns for the Phillies. Brandon Duckworth started the game and pitched just one inning, allowing one earned run. Nick Punto and Jason Michaels each had two hits for the Phillies.

"That ball's outta here..."

Wouldn't you figure that Tampa's Travis Lee would finish second in the pre-game homerun hitting contest. Lee's teammate, Ben Grieve won the contest in a "swing off" with Lee. Another former Phillie, Marlon Anderson went 1-1 in the game.

The Phillies didn't fare too well in the homerun hitting battle, although Pat Burrell did hit four long balls out of Doubleday Park. Tomas Perez hit two and Jim Thome failed to hit any.

Harry Kalas introduced both teams on the field prior to the game.

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