Braves: Initial reaction to Cole Hamels’ first start

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Cole Hamels’ night is done after 3.1 innings and 52 pitches — 34 of which were strikes.

 

Final Line: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

 

Hamels was excellent and efficient through his first 2 innings before running into some trouble. He only threw 22 pitches over the first 2 frames before laboring in the 3rd — tossing 23. In that dreaded 3rd inning Hamels gave up a leadoff double followed by a walk, RBI double, RBI groundout, and a sac fly. His stuff was clearly not all the way there, but he made some solid pitches. Rust is to be expected after a whole calendar year.

Hamels was pulled in the 4th inning after getting the first out… in dramatic fashion. Marcell Ozuna had to go up over the fence and bring back what would have been a home run and Hamels 4th ER. Brian Snitker then made the decision to get him out of there, which I agree with 100%.

Hamels was out there getting loose, nothing more. He didn’t get a Spring Training and was thrown into the fire. All things considered, he didn’t look that bad. He’s likely to get two more starts after tonight, and hopefully, he remains healthy for the rest of the season. We’ll see him get a little more stretched out in his next appearance, which should come against Miami. Hamels left trailing 0-3 and is in line for the loss, regardless, it’s great to see him back out there.

 

Welcome back, Cole!

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