Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt were a combined 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 start to the 2011 season. Cole Hamels – the fourth member of the “Phearsome Phoursome” – was roughed up by the New York Mets in a six-run third inning. The Mets would finish the game with a 7-1 victory.
The first inning may have been a sign of bad things to come for Hamels. Hamels surrendered a leadoff hit to Jose Reyes, plunked Angel Pagan and had runners on second and third with no outs after Reyes and Pagan pulled a double steal.
Hamels escaped that first-inning jam masterfully. Unfortunately for Hamels and the Phillies, his Houdini act came to an end in the third inning. In that inning, Chris Young became the first Mets pitcher ever to record two hits in a single inning. The Mets scored six of their runs in the third, ending Hamels’ night with 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Hamels (12-11, 3.06 ERA in 2010) has a history of slow starts in his career. In his April career, Hamels was 7-8 with a 4.11 ERA, followed by a 3.88 ERA in May, 4.09 ERA in June, 3.38 ERA in July, 3.12 ERA in August and 2.71 ERA in September. Fans should not take the rough outing as a harbinger of doom for Hamels in the 2011 season.
- Jimmy Rollins (1/3, BB, SB) failed to record a multi-hit game for the first time this season
- Young became the first Mets pitcher ever to record two hits in an inning
- Shane Victorino (0/5) is now hitting .154 on the season
- Ryan Howard (0/4, 3 K) left five men on base
- The Phillies left 17 men on base