Game 16 - Late Friday Night, April 23rd in Phoenix
Cole Hamels was cruising along until the 4th inning, the recipient of a 2-0 Phillies lead thanks in part to a bizarre play in which Jayson Werth circled the bases following an error by Diamondbacks' center fielder Chris Young. (Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch was ejected as a result of the play.) For a stretch of 8 batters starting with an out in the bottom of the 4th, Hamels surrendered 6 runs on 4 home runs. Hamels seems to give up runs in bursts, which lends credence to the argument he quickly looses his cool after the first domino falls and he struggles for the next several batters to regain his composure.
At this point in the game, sleep deprived and frustrated with Cole Hamels, I called it a night. I dreamt of a Phillies come from behind victory, but it was not to be. The team tacked on a few runs in the later innings, but Hamels' rough stretch in the 4th was enough to give the Diamondbacks the win.
Free J.C./Hurt J.A.: Reliever J.C. Romero made his 2010 debut, pitching to two batters in the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately, Romero's first outing resulted in a home run to Kelly Johnson followed by a walk, followed by his exit from the game. For the time being, his 2010 ERA is infinity. Romero took the roster spot of J.A. Happ, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left arm. Former Diamondback (when they were still purple) Nelson Figueroa makes a spot start tonight in Happ's stead.
Almost an Ex-Phillie: Winning Diamondbacks pitcher Kris Benson spent most of 2008 rehabbing in the Phillies minor league system, after missing all of 2007 due to rotator cuff surgery. Signed at the beginning of Spring Training 2008, Benson went 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA between Class A Clearwater and AAA Lehigh Valley before earning his release in August. In 2009, he pitched with the Texas Rangers, seeing his first Major League action since 2006.