Davis: Pulling Cole Hamels was 'right decision'

Davis: Pulling Cole Hamels was 'right decision'
September 1, 2014, 5:45 pm
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For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies threw a combined no-hitter Monday afternoon in their series-opening 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves (see Instant Replay).

Cole Hamels started the game, throwing 108 pitches (42 balls) in six innings with five walks and a hit batter. In the top of the seventh, manager Ryne Sandberg pinch hit for Hamels and handed the ball over to the bullpen.

Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon pitched three no-hit innings to finish it off.

Did Sandberg make the right decision?

"You know what, I actually do (believe it was the right decision)," CSN Phillies analyst Ben Davis said on Phillies Postgame Live. "Usually I'm out there, I don't care about a pitch count. Leave these guys go out — that's what these guys get prepared for. They only play once in every fifth days.

"But I think it was the right decision in this situation — 108 pitches, it was extremely hot in Atlanta. He had to battle through every one of those innings. He threw a lot of fastballs because he didn't have command of his offspeed pitches. So it was really taxing on him out there. They were strenuous innings, and you have a good bullpen you can rely on now so I have no problem with him coming out of the ball game." 

To hear Davis break down the Phils' no-hitter more, watch the video above.

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