Phillies 4, Tigers 1: Cole Hamels is ready to go

Phillies 4, Tigers 1: Cole Hamels is ready to go

March 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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LAKELAND, Fla. – Cole Hamels completed his spring training with three shutout innings against a rugged Detroit Tigers lineup on Wednesday.

Next up: The Atlanta Braves on Monday night. It will be Hamels’ first opening-day start.

“I feel strong, healthy and comfortable knowing I can go out every five days and go deep into games,” Hamels said.

By plan, Hamels’ start was abbreviated. He has spent the spring gearing to reach 100 pitches in the season opener so there was no need to overexert himself.

Hamels allowed just one hit, a double to Torii Hunter. He walked one and struck out three against a Tigers lineup that featured Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez.

Hamels likes the way everything is working.

“It’s nice throwing all four or five pitches and knowing they feel good,” he said. “I’m able to hit both sides of the plate with everything, which is great.”

Hamels, who won a career-high 17 games last season, still has one thing to do before his opening night start. He said his springtime beard is coming off. This, at least, was the right spring to grow one.

“Seriously, it’s been a cold spring,” he said.

Frandsen OK

Utility infielder Kevin Frandsen had an excellent at-bat, moving Ben Revere from second to third to set up a sacrifice fly, against Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander in the first inning.

The next time up, Frandsen was hit on the left wrist by a 94 mph fastball from the Detroit flamethrower.

It was a scary incident, but Frandsen seemed fine after leaving the game and receiving treatment. He sported a serious welt and stitch marks from where the ball hit his wrist, but there was no break.

“Any time you’re hit near the hand it freaks you out,” Frandsen said. “It’s sore, as it should be after getting hit by a fastball, but sore is something you can deal with.”

The game

Michael Young drove in two runs in the Phillies’ 4-1 win. Ben Revere had two hits to raise his spring average to .325.

Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo, two members of the opening day bullpen, each pitched a scoreless inning. Bastardo struck out two.

Up next

All eyes will be on Roy Halladay as he makes his final spring start Thursday afternoon in Clearwater (see story). Halladay will face Toronto’s Brandon Morrow.

The Phillies will fly to Philadelphia after the game. They play exhibitions against the Blue Jays on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.