04/14/2013 7:00 PM ET
Disappointment turns to amusement after coat debacle
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Cole Hamels was not happy when he allowed a tying single to a rookie pitcher in the fifth inning Saturday at Marlins Park.
But if he wanted to put the hit to 20-year-old Jose Fernandez behind him, he could not. Because upon reaching first base, an ecstatic Fernandez, who picked up his first big league hit and RBI, had problems doing something that most do typically with ease.
He could not put on his jacket. Fernandez tried pulling the jacket over his head and struggled vigorously, seemingly not realizing he could have simply unzipped the jacket and put it on as so many do daily.
"I was like, 'Shoot, he's too excited,'" Hamels said Sunday morning. "He can't read the instructional manual to get it on. He was just real excited. I would be. Your first big league hit. You get an RBI in a close game. I think he was just so excited. At first it's like, 'Let's go.' But because it took a little bit longer, it kind of made me just laugh about it."
Asked if he was upset he gave up a hit to a pitcher -- and one who could not put on a jacket -- Hamels said: "I think it's because I've been there. I can't put on clothes right sometimes, either."
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard got a close look at Fernandez's battle with the jacket.
"You watched that debacle," he said. "I just sat there. I thought the first-base coach was going to help him out. I had no clue what was going on. He was struggling with it."
Latest start is step in right direction for Hamels
MIAMI -- Cole Hamels is not there yet.
He allowed three hits, one run and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. It was an improvement over his first two starts of the season, in which he built a bloated 10.47 ERA. But it also came against a mediocre Marlins lineup, which had scored just 19 runs in 11 games.
Hamels said he made strides Saturday but had much more work to do to get where he needed to be.
"It's the little things," he said. "It's being able to get the sign, get the grip with the baseball and obviously have the timing and the whole body synced up the moment you release it. Just kind of battling a few little kinks. I know what they are. I know how to fix them. It's just a matter of getting the reps and then developing that muscle memory so I don't even have to think about it all the time. Because you can't think about your mechanics and what pitch you have to throw and who you're facing. It's too much. I think that's kind of where I'm at."
Galvis OK after getting pegged on hand
MIAMI -- Freddy Galvis got a scare in the ninth inning Sunday, when Marlins right-hander Jon Rauch drilled him with a pitch on his right hand.
No big deal, Galvis said.
"It's good," he said. "It's perfect."
Galvis stayed in the game and finished the 2-1 victory on the field at shortstop. Galvis went 2-for-3 with a walk.
"He's probably thinking, 'Why haven't I played him more?'" Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
• Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gave shortstop Jimmy Rollins an off-day Sunday at Marlins Park. Freddy Galvis started for the second consecutive day. Humberto Quintero caught right-hander Roy Halladay for the second consecutive time. Third baseman Michael Young, who did not start Saturday because he was sick, was back in the lineup.
• Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said no decision had been made on when outfielder Delmon Young will begin a rehab assignment. Young has been playing extended spring training games as he recovers from right ankle surgery in November.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.