Hamels Wildly Successful in Debut

Phillies pitching prospect Cole Hamels had to somewhat stagger through his major league debut Friday night, but shutout the Reds for five innings as the Phillies beat Cincinnati 8-4.

Cole Hamels was uncharacteristically wild Friday night and walked five hitters through five innings of work. Still, his ability shone through as he gave up just one hit and kept the Reds off the scoreboard, despite loading the bases on walks in the second. Hamels struck out opposing pitcher - and former Phillies' prospect - Elizardo Ramirez to end that threat.

"I knew there were some pitches where I rushed too much and threw balls 80 feet in the air," admitted Hamels about having some jitters in his debut.

The Phillies decided not to push Hamels, who had thrown 92 pitches in his five innings of work. He had allowed just one hit and struck out seven and the Phillies were happy to end his debut there. Plus, the Phillies had the bases loaded with two outs when Hamels was scheduled to hit in the sixth and decided to try to take a shot at breaking open a 2-0 game with pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez, who struck out to end the rally.

Ryan Madson made his first relief appearance of the season after Hamels exited and was hit for two earned runs as both Austin Kearns and Edwin Encarnacion homered off Madson, who actually wound up getting the win thanks to the Phillies adding an unearned run in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead.

The hitting star for the Phillies was center fielder Shane Victorino, who went 4-for-4 and hit a two-run homerun in the top of the ninth. Victorino is filling in for the injured Aaron Rowand and has six hits since Rowand left Thursday night's game with a broken nose and facial lacerations after a collision with the center field fence at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels' next scheduled start would be Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee and he would follow that up with a start on May 24th in New York against the Mets. His first home start should come on Memorial Day against the Washington Nationals.


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