I got hung up at work and didn’t make it home for the start of the Phillies game. When I got in it was the third inning. The Phillies were tied with the Nationals, 0-0.
Since then, the Phillies have taken the lead, 3-0. But the story has been Cole Hamels.
Hamels has faced 13 batters. One singled. One popped up to first on a bunt attempt.
The rest have struck out.
Hamels has 11 strikeouts, and all of them came after the second inning.
That’s 12 outs, 11 of them strikeouts.
UPDATE: Hamels just struck out one more. He has a total of 12 strikeouts through seven innings.
Oh, and Aaron Rowand just made a catch that should be up on YouTube in the next 30 seconds. So filthy.
UPDATE UPDATE: Manuel let Hamels hit with two outs and the bases loaded, then brought him back out for the eighth innning. In the eighth, Hamels gave up a double, then induced two popups before recording his 13th strikeout to end the inning.
The Phils went on to win the game and are now in sole posession of first place.