Cole Hamels is more than just a #4 starter on in this rotation. He was sharp and efficient as he was able to get four innings of stellar pitching in before he gave way to the bull pen in the Phillies 2-0 win today against the Red Sox
Hamels left the game with a 2-0 lead, going four innings while allowing only a walk and a hit and striking out three. His hit was the only one surrendered by the Phils all game.
The Phillies two runs came in the second when Jeff Larish hit a two-run double, scoring Ben Francisco and John Mayberry. Francisco had a two-hit day as well.
Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes and Juan Perez combined for five no-hit innings, allowing two walks and four strike outs.
On a more serious note, Dom Brown continued his struggles at the plate, going 0-f0r-3 with a strike out and a walk. He’s still hitless this spring, going 0-for-15 with nine strike outs.
2B: Larish, Victorino.
WP: Hamels. LP: Pimentel. S: Perez.
AMARO LIKES SOX — Ruben Amaro, Jr. is an honest man. And he really thinks the Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball. The Sox added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Carl Crawford, giving the Sox arguably the best offense and defense in baseball. And they have some pretty solid pitching to go along with that offense as well.
“This is the best club in baseball, I think,” Amaro said, referring to the Red Sox. “The combination of speed, power pitching, bullpen, they’re a hell of a ballclub. [They] don’t have a whole lot of holes.
“Anytime you bring that kind of talent to your club, they did a heck of a job,” Amaro said. “They already had a great team except for a whole hell of a lot of injuries. For them being in the race to hang around as decimated as they were, they were decimated every bit as much as the Mets were a couple years back [in 2009].”
Charlie Manuel didn’t fully say the Sox were the best team on paper but he does feel they made the most improvement in the off season.
“As far as improvement over the winter, Boston definitely,” said Manuel. “If you go position by position on the field, they improved their team quite a bit.”