MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - INSIDE PITCH
As he walked off the mound to the mocking cheers of Washington Nationals fans, a television camera zoomed in on Cole Hamels face -- clearly agitated and frustrated after yet another outing with no support.
And yet, by the time Hamels faced the media Sunday afternoon following Philadelphia's 6-1 loss to Washington, he was completely composed.
"It's baseball," Hamels said. "When you're making a pitch, you just have to execute that pitch and then it's out of your control. I've learned that a while ago. It's grasping and understanding all I can do is execute a pitch. Whatever plays out, plays out. Then I have to do it again."
The numbers are somewhat astounding when you get right down to it. Hamels is now 1-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 11 starts. As a club, the Phillies are 1-10 in those outings.
While he has been in the game, the Phillies have scored only 20 runs in 69 innings. Over his last nine starts since April 13, that number is just 13 runs in 59 1/3 innings. And Hamels has not pitched with the lead in a game since April 7 against Kansas City.
"He pitches his (butt) off for us every time," Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsen said. "As his teammates, sooner or later we're going to come through for him. Obviously, it's kind of like what happened with Cliff (Lee) last year. We didn't score for him and he pitched his (butt) off for us."
Lee went until the 4th of July before picking up an individual win in 2012. Hamels only win came after he was pinch-hit for in a game against the New York Mets on April 28.
"We just having a hard time scoring for him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We're having a hard time offensive wise anyway, but scoring for him in particular, yeah. We're having a hard time scoring for him. It seems like definitely things aren't going his way right now. It's something he's just got to battle through. I don't know what to tell him except to keep pitching, to keep battling through. It'll change."
Hamels luck has to change soon or this could turn into a lost season for the Phillies.
"It's a game. Luckily enough I've played it for a long time and I get to play it for a long time," Hamels said. "I have five more days to get ready for Milwaukee. I'll go out there and execute strike one on the first hitter. That's all I can do."
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Phillies (Tyler Cloyd, 1-0, 2.70) at Red Sox (Alfredo Aceves 1-1, 8.20)
--IB Ryan Howard was given the day off as manager Charlie Manuel said Howard's left knee is sore. He remained on the bench after Kevin Fransden, starting in his place, was ejected in the fourth inning for slamming his bat after being called out on an attempted check swing. Howard was rested a day after seeing his five-game hitting streak snapped as he struck out in all four of his plate appearances Saturday.
--RHP Tyler Cloyd makes his third start in place of the injured Roy Halladay on Monday at Boston. After going 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cloyd is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts for the Phillies, allowing 10 hits in 13 1/3 innings while striking out nine and walking five.
--RHP Mike Adams (back) was activated from the disabled list May 26 after missing the past two weeks with a lower back strain. To make room on the roster, B.J. Rosenberg was sent back to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
--RHP B.J. Rosenberg was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Saturday night's game to make room for RHP Mike Adams. In three appearances, Rosenberg allowed four earned runs and six hits in three innings while striking out two and walking one.
--RHP Jonathan Papelbon has a 17 2/3 inning scoreless streak, second longest among all National League relievers behind Colorado's Rex Brothers (18 2/3). After finishing Saturday's 5-3 win over Washington, the Phillies' closer is 9-for-9 in save opportunities.
--INF Kevin Frandsen, making his third start of the season Sunday at first base in place of Ryan Howard, had a short but eventful day. He was hit in the hand by a Stephen Strasburg pitch while attempting to bunt in the second inning. In the fourth, he was ejected by plate umpire Mike Winters after slamming his bat to the ground when Winters called him out on an attempted check swing. "I made a mistake obviously and I've got to take it," Frandsen said. "There's no other way you can say it. He threw me out."
QUOTE TO NOTE: " I don't know what to tell him except 'keep pitching, keep battling through and it'll change.'" -- Manager Charlie Manuel on LHP Cole Hamels.
MLB Team Report - Philadelphia Phillies - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Mike Adams (mild back strain), who originally went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 11, was activated May 26.
--2B Chase Utley (grade 1 oblique strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 23. Utley is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks.
--C Carlos Ruiz (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list May 21. He is expected to be out three to four weeks.
--RHP Roy Halladay (torn rotator cuff, strained labrum, bone spur in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 6. He underwent shoulder surgery May 16. He is expected to be out until late June or early July.
--LHP John Lannan (strained quad tendon in left knee) went on the 15-day disabled list on April 16. He threw a bullpen session on May 18. He might begin a rehab assignment in late May.
LHP Cole Hamels
LHP Cliff Lee
RHP Kyle Kendrick
RHP Jonathan Pettibone
RHP Tyler Cloyd
RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)
RHP Chad Durbin
LHP Antonio Bastardo
LHP Jeremy Horst
RHP Justin De Fratus
RHP B.J. Rosenberg
RHP Michael Stutes
1B Ryan Howard
2B Freddy Galvis
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Michael Young
INF Kevin Frandsen
INF Michael Martinez
LF Domonic Brown
CF Ben Revere
RF Delmon Young
OF John Mayberry
OF Laynce Nix