Sorry but I have to admit, Cole Hamels giving 19 year-old Nationals phenom Bryce Harper a sweet yet painful welcome to the majors, was classic. And I know Harper went on to steal home on Cole, but I bet Harper’s lower back was still feeling the sting.
What’s even better…Cole ADMITTED he intentionally hit Harper with the pitch.
“I was trying to hit him,” admitted Hamels, who allowed one run over eight innings to improve to 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA. “I’m not going to deny it. I’m not trying to injure the guy. They’re probably not going to like me for it, but I’m not going to say I wasn’t trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That’s the way, and I respect it. They can say whatever they want.” – Phillies.com
I know Harper is a great ball player and definitely has the goods to back it up, but he’s young and full of attitude, maybe he needed to be knocked down a few pegs. And since the game was on ESPN, meaning we have to endure the ESPN announcers, hearing them gush over and over and over about Harper, I wholeheartedly agree with Cole’s decision.
Another positive note about last night was that the Phillies avoided being swept by the Washington Nationals, thanks to Cole’s pitching and the Phillies offense stepping up. Hunter Pence alone had two homeruns and four RBI’s, while the offense had a total 13 hits. The final score was 9-3 and Hamels collected his fourth win of the season.
On a sad note, in the sixth inning former Phillie Jayson Werth broke his left wrist after sliding to catch a ball. His wrist (gloved-hand) hit the ground and bent back very awkwardly. As much as I disliked Werth’s jump to the Nats for the bigger bucks, I certainly don’t wish the guy to be injured.
Werth left the game after breaking his left wrist in the sixth inning. He is expected to be out for at least six weeks. It’s the same wrist he broke as a member of the Dodgers in 2005. He ended up missing all of 2006 because of the injury. – Phillies.com
Tonight the Phillies are back home and hosting the New York Mets. Game time is 7:05 m EDT and can be seen on ESPN (for the second night) and on Philadelphia’s Comcast Sportsnet. Roy Halladay is back from his brief leave and will be on the mound tonight.
To read Keara’s take on last night’s game, check out Aerys Sports Win For Teddy.
Heather Carnassale is Contributing Phillies Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at email@example.com, or follow her on twitter @heatherc531 and @viewfromsec116.