When Hamels took the mound in the bottom of the first, he already had a two-run cushion. Facing Rocco Baldelli, who is on a rehab assignment, Hamels gave up a leadoff single on an 0-1 count. The hit came on a 92 mph fastball.
At first, Hamels wasn't even aware that he was facing a major leaguer.
"Not until I saw the back of his jersey. I would have pitched him differently instead of piking some fast balls up there. I have faced him before (and stuck him out). When he turned on my pitch I knew he was not one of the regular extended guys," explained Hamels.
Hamels faced minor leaguers the rest of the inning and had little trouble putting them away - two of them on strikeouts - and finished the inning with 17 pitches.
In the second inning, Hamels stuck out the side with a one-out walk thrown in-between the strikeouts. It took him 21 pitches, bringing his pitch count to 38 and ending his outing.
|Mike Arbuckle was in Florida Monday to watch the spring debut of Cole Hamels in extended camp.|
Of his 38 pitches, 32 were fastballs, five were curves and there was just one change-up. "working on the curve ball and really did not need the change today. I know it is there," said Hamels.
Hamels was consistently just above the 90 mile per hour mark with his fastballs and off-speed pitches were coming in about 10 miles per hour slower.
Mike Arbuckle saw what he had hoped to see out of Hamles, terming the outing "Good, good. Very good for his first outing."