Stat Line Of The Night — 5/23/12 — Cole Hamels
The last time Cole Hamels pitched against the Washington Nationals, his main concern was welcoming rookie Bryce Harper to the Majors by beaning him with a fastball in the back. This time around, Hamels made an effort to avoid hitting any of the Nationals batters, and for a while he was also making sure that none of the Nationals batters hit him.
Hamels found himself flirting with a no-hitter during last night’s start against the Nats, as he didn’t allow a single hit until Danny Espinosa doubled with one out in the sixth inning. But he wouldn’t allow that lone hit to throw him off of his game, as he pitched eight innings of shutout ball, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out eight during the Phillies 4-1 victory.
With the win, Hamels improved his record to 7-1 on the season, while lowering his ERA to an impressive 2.17. And in case you were wondering, Harper went 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk in his first game against Hamels since the beaning incident. It was a respectable evening at the plate for Harper, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Hamels from earning “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, May 23, 2012.