Even in victory, Hamels not satisfied
Phillies ace laments pitch count against Yanks in finale
NEW YORK -- Cole Hamels expected a little more from himself Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
He allowed eight hits and two runs and struck out five in six innings in a 4-3 victory over the Yankees that took 11 innings. He pitched well against a tough lineup, but he lamented that he needed 109 pitches to get through six innings. Had he been more economical, Hamels could have pitched deeper like Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed nine hits and three runs in eight innings.
"They're a tough team and they definitely make you pitch," Hamels said. "You really have to be more effective earlier in the count because they make you work a lot harder than you should."
Hamels allowed a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in the sixth inning that cut the Phillies' lead to 3-2.
Did we mention it was a broken-bat home run?
"Most of the time when you hear a broken bat you're like, 'OK, that's a popup,'" Hamels said. "Unfortunately, he's a strong a guy and he got the barrel on the ball and it just took off. I looked up and saw [left fielder] Jayson Werth run in and I was like, 'it's definitely an out,' but there's a first for everything. That's definitely the first broken-bat home run."
But the good news is that Hamels has been pitching effectively for nearly a month. He is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts.
"He was very good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They fouled off a lot of balls on him and the hitters were very patient on him. He didn't walk anybody. He was good."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.