Cole Hamels is a true humanitarian. He has adopted a child from Africa and created a foundation to fund programs both there and in Philadelphia. And now, apparently, he has also adopted the New York Mets.
Hamels gifted the Mets with 6 runs and a win in Tuesday night’s game that ended in a 1-6 loss for the Phillies. He especially loves Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese, whom he walked in the 4th inning with the bases loaded to score another Mets run. You know how pitchers just have that little extra warm feeling for other pitchers? Well Cole was man enough to wear his heart on his sleeve. Touching, really.
Many Mets were beneficiaries of Hamels’ generosity. Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Chris Young all raised their batting averages by at least 20 points! It was like Christmas for the Mets. They probably sent him a very nice fruit basket after the game.
Joking aside, in only his second start this season, Hamels crashed and burned. It was ugly. Afterwards, Hamels told the press he was “embarrassed” by his performance. I guess we can give him brownie points for that.
The only offense for the Phillies was a Marlon Byrd home run. Ryan Howard had 2 hits as well but was left stranded on base both times.
The Phillies are supposed to play the Mets again tonight, but with the forecast looking grim, it is hard to say if that will actually happen. Tuesday’s game was delayed by an hour and a half and that rain was much lighter than predicted for tonight. If they do play, Kyle Kendrick is scheduled to pitch.
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