Hamels Disappointed With First AA Start

After three starts at Clearwater, Cole Hamels was packed up and shipped to AA Reading to pursue getting his career back on track. The results from his debut were mixed, but Hamels believes he can take something out of his AA debut that he can use down the road.

"I tried to take it as just another game," said Cole Hamels of his AA debut. "You can't focus on what level you're on."

Who knows exactly where Cole Hamels would be had he not suffered one injury after another. Even had he just not broken his left hand in a fight this past off-season, there is no doubt that Hamels would be further along than making his AA debut. What is known though is that Hamels has the "stuff" to be a very good major league pitcher. Wednesday night though, that wasn't enough for him to show the domination that he's shown at other levels.

After battling some early nervousness, Hamels regrouped, but left the game trailing 3-0. Shortly after his exit, the R-Phils rallied, only to lose a ten-inning 5-3 decision to Akron.

Hamels surrendered a two-run homerun to Brad Snyder and three consecutive singles in the sixth as he seemed to tire. "All those pitches at the beginning of the game caught up to me," admitted Hamels after his outing. Earlier in the game, he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a run to score after he had seemingly regained control and struck out back-to-back hitters.

The end result was six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks. Four of the five hits he surrendered came in his final inning of work. Hamels threw 107 pitches, including 64 strikes and struck out six hitters on the night.

The Phillies had assistant GM Ruben Amaro, Jr, Director of Minor League Operations Steve Noworyta and special assistant to the general manager John Vukovich on hand to watch Hamels' outing.

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