Philadelphia Phillies Ace Back to Dominating

By Ben Bernstein


Cole Hamels pitches
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Cole Hamels had a rough start last week for the Philadelphia Phillies when they took on the Domincan Republic national team, but he was back to his old self on Sunday against the Houston Astros

It was pretty obvious Cole was not going to let one rough outing mess up his game as he enters the 2013 season. In that game, Hamels pitched just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 12 hits and eight runs. Some people were concerned that this was not good and possibly a sign of what was to come this season for Cole. However, it appears those thoughts are gone as Cole dominated the Astros in a 7-1 Phillies win.

Hamels was dominate, pitching five innings, allowing just one run, one hit and one walk. After giving up a leadoff double, Hamels retired the next 14 batters. Yes, it was just the lowly Houston Astros, but Cole looked like an ace and recovered from a tough outing just like an ace is supposed to.

Along with a dominating pitching performance, Hamels received some run support, with the Phillies putting up seven runs. Michael Young, Laynce Nix and Eric Kratz led the way for the Phillies at the plate. Young and Nix both went 2-3 and Nix recorded his first home run of the season, while Kratz had a two run triple.

The Phillies will have their first off day of the spring on Monday and will play again Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. against the Detroit TigersRoy Halladay will start that game, his fourth start this spring.

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