Sunday, April 27, 2014

2014 Topps #196 Cole Hamels

Dodgers 5, Phillies 2
Game 21 - Late Wednesday Night, April 23rd in Los Angeles
Record - 10-11, 4th Place, 4 games behind the Braves

Part 6 of 8 - Another Post-Vacation, Rapid Fire Game Summary Round-Up!

One Sentence Summary:  The Dodgers ruined Cole Hamels' 2014 debut with a 5-2 win.

What It Means:  Hamels looked great, but the offense sputtered again against Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

What Happened:  Hamels threw only 86 pitches in his season debut, lasting six innings and allowing two runs on six hits.  The bullpen duo of Jeff Manship and Mario Hollands, both non-roster invitees to spring training, combined to allow three runs in their 1 1/3 innings of work.

Featured Card:  I hadn't featured a solo Hamels card in a game summary post since his gem against the Braves back on September 8th so I thought he was due.  This is his base card from series one of the Topps flagship set.

Transaction:  When Hamels was activated from the disabled list, reliever B.J. Rosenberg was sent down to the IronPigs to make room on the roster.  Rosenberg had a 7.11 ERA in eight relief appearances in April.

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