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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-24

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-24
Cole Hamels was cruising, retiring nine of the first 11 Milwaukee batters and finally looking like the World Series MVP that the Phillies know and love.

Then, Ryan Braun belted a two-run home run. And Prince Fielder belted a line drive off Hamels' left shoulder.


"I'll be fine," said Hamels, who left the game with a bruise but expects to make his next start Tuesday against Washington at Citizens Bank Park. "I've gotten hit in much worse spots, spots where you don't really come back as fast. I'll be able to go out there and pitch in five days."

If anything, Hamels is hoping it will only be five days. The Phillies' early-season schedule has been filled with stops and starts caused by days off and rainouts. Hamels had six days of rest between his first and second starts, five days of rest between his second and third.

"I've got a temporary tattoo of a baseball that I'll be suffering," Hamels said, "but it'll be going away. It's frustrating because I've really worked hard to really bear down to be able to locate and throw strikes and put them away. And I feel like I was really getting on a good pace and pitching the way I know I'm capable of doing."

Hamels said he told manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee that he wanted to keep pitching after being hit by Fielder's line drive. But the Phillies played it safe, as they always do with their ace left-hander.

"I really felt like I was getting back my timing," Hamels said. "Just my approach felt more comfortable, being able to go out there, throw strikes and get guys out, and then putting us in an opportunity to win the ballgame. Then, three innings and you get shut down before you really even get into the game. That's the most frustrating part than anything."

BREWERS 6, PHILLIES 1: Matt Stairs broke up the no-hit bid by Brewers RHP Dave Bush with a one-out solo homer in the eighth inning. But the Phillies lost the rubber game in the three-game series against Milwaukee at Citizens Bank Park and finished their homestand at 2-4. The Phillies mustered only two hits against Bush and LHP Mitch Stetter. Until Stairs' home run, the offense consisted of three walks and two hit batters against Bush, who graduated from nearby Conestoga (Pa.) High School.

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Added: April 24, 2009

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