The scoreboard was not kind to the Phillies on Tuesday.
By the end of the carnage, the Phillies had allowed 15 runs and 28 hits in a 15-2 shredding at the hands of the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic squad. Cole Hamels only lasted 22/3 innings, allowed eight of those runs and 12 of those hits.
The beating in the box score, however, doesn’t matter much right now.
“Spring training has a purpose, and one of those things is you have to get your fastball going. And he knows they’re all fastball hitters over there,” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “That’s the purpose today. It’s not about results. His goal was to get 60 pitches in and to try to control his fastball. Heck, he’s facing an All-Star team and he doesn’t have all of his weapons. He’s not going to start ripping all of his pitches in a spring training game.”
In fairness to Hamels, the Domincans’ infield is as talented or better than any infield in the major leagues. Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Miguel Tejada all started the game and went a combined 13 for 19 with 10 RBIs.
“Obviously what was going out and trying to do, I wasn’t able to accomplish it as well,” Hamels said. “Because they’re very good at what they do. It’s just a game where you take it and try to build on what you can for the next bullpen and then getting ready for my next goal, which is try to pitch deeper into a ballgame.”
Hamels is set to pitch next in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday against the Astros. He shrugged off any worries from Tuesday’s performance, echoing Dubee’s sentiments.
“Thank goodness it doesn’t count,” Hamels said about the game with a laugh.
Phillies clobbered by Dominicans
Courier-Post | Mar 6