Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Topps Opening Day Blue #155 Cole Hamels

Mets 7, Phillies 1
Game 4 - Tuesday Night, April 5th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels couldn't escape the third inning as the Mets and pitcher Chris Young embarrassed the Phils, 7-1.

What It Means:  It was destined to happen eventually.  The Phillies lost their first game of 2011, thwarting my hope they'd go 162-0.

What Went Wrong:  It all comes down to Hamels' third inning.  He allowed six singles, two walks and six runs before getting pulled with two outs for long man Kyle Kendrick.  A Carlos Ruiz passed ball didn't help matters much either.  And the offense just never got going, failing to string together timely hits and stranding nine runners on base.  At one point in the game, Mets' pitcher Chris Young, with three singles, was outhitting the entire Phillies line-up.

What Went Right:  Other than a run surrendered by David Herndon in the sixth, the bullpen shut down the Mets the rest of the way.  Kendrick was especially effective in his 2 2/3 innings.

Featured Card:  This is another card received from Section 36.  It's fitting because Hamels' pitching performance this evening made me kind of blue.  This particular card is numbered on the back and it's number 880 of just 2011 in existence.

Other Stuff:  General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. reported before the game that while Chase Utley is still doing drills at second, he has yet to start jogging.

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