Phillies 5, Pirates 4(10)
Cole Hamels appears to be in regular-season form.
Hamels threw four-hit ball into the fourth inning for the
Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-4, 10-inning win over the Pittsburgh
Pirates on Thursday.
”My changeup is going really well,” Hamels said. ”It’s my
main pitch. It’s the reason why I’m here. It’s always been a pitch
I can go to in any count. I’ve always had enough confidence in it
that it’s always moving and at the right speed. But unfortunately I
can’t throw it every pitch and I have to improve the other
The 28-year-old left-hander struck out two and walked none.
Phillies outfielder Luis Montanez hit a game-ending homer off
Pittsburgh right-hander Michael Dubee leading off the 10th
Hamels, who can be a free agent for the first time in his career
at the end of the season, repeated a mantra he made at the start of
spring training: He is not going to put a demand on getting a new
deal complete before opening day.
”I’m not the type of guy that needs to put parameters and
barriers,” Hamels said. ”It’s a situation where I think I’m more
focused on being able to go out and pitch. I think that’s what I
know the team wants me to do. Our ultimate goal is to win a World
Series, not play for a contract.”
Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Ty Wigginton also helped the
With one on and one out in the fifth inning, Victorino drilled a
two-run home run over the right field fence. The home run was the
first for Victorino this spring.
Pence went 2 for 3 and scored the game’s first run on
Wigginton’s double in the second inning. Wigginton, making his
first start at second base, also walked twice.
The Pirates rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a three-run sixth
inning. Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee and Rod Barajas had three
consecutive hits off Philadelphia right-hander Dave Bush.
In the seventh, Pittsburgh center fielder Starling Marte led off
with a home run to tie the game. The home run was the second this
spring for Marte and it also gave him a hit in eight consecutive
Marte’s run ended in the 10th inning, when he flew out to left
field. Marte is 9 for 12 at the this spring.
”I was aware (of the streak), but I wasn’t thinking about it,”
Marte said through an interpreter. ”I just tried to connect and
put the ball in play.”
In his second start, Pittsburgh right-hander James McDonald
allowed one run on two hits in three innings.
”It’s getting better,” McDonald said. ”I’m starting to feel a
Like Hamels, McDonald was working on his changeup Wednesday
afternoon. The 27-year-old McDonald said he didn’t have a great
changeup throughout the 2011 season.
”There were flashes of it here and there,” McDonald said. ”So
I told myself I really wanted to work on that this spring, to be
able to throw it whenever and against whoever I want. Righties,
lefties, it shouldn’t matter. That was a pitch that was real big
for me coming up through the minors. It was something I could fall
NOTES: Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown was out of the
lineup for the third straight game with a sprained right thumb.
Brown, who had a thumb injury last May, was scheduled to have an
MRI on Thursday afternoon. . Phillies LHP Dontrelle Willis was
originally scheduled to make his next appearance on Sunday but he
might not take the mound. Philadelphia assistant general manager
Scott Proefrock said the Phils will ”back off” from using Willis
in the next few days as the pitcher deals with soreness and
fatigue. Willis has given up five runs in two games (1 2-3 innings)
this spring. . Phillies RHP Jose Contreras will throw to hitters on
Friday in a batting practice session. Contreras, who had elbow
surgery before the end of the 2011 season, has not pitched in a
game yet this spring. … Pittsburgh assigned RHP Gerrit Cole to
minor league camp. Cole was the top overall draft pick in 2011. .
Pirates RHP Daniel Cabrera (forearm tightness) threw a 15-pitch
batting practice Thursday morning. Cabrera is scheduled to pitch
one inning in a ”B” game Saturday against the Minnesota