Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Hamels left frustrated after latest start

Hamels left frustrated after latest start

Hamels left frustrated after latest start
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels was frustrated with himself following Thursday's start against the Minnesota Twins at Bright House Field.

He allowed nine hits, six runs and two home runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.

Hamels has a 6.75 ERA this spring, but he has never been a great Spring Training performer.

"A few times I didn't throw pitches with any conviction," Hamels said. "I had two different pitches I could have thrown, and just agreed on one half-heartedly. I didn't really go out there and give everything I had. I have to focus on whatever pitch is called or I believe in, and go with it 100 percent.

"I should be a lot smarter, or at least more prepared, right now. I don't think I was."

Hamels will face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in an exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park. He is scheduled to make his 2011 regular-season debut April 5 against the New York Mets.

"I don't know if I really accomplished much," Hamels said of his spring. "Physically, I feel strong. I still have a few things I have to work out. It better be sooner than later. I want to compete at the highest level. To do that you have to work hard and give everything you have. This is kind of one of those gut checks."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel isn't worried about Hamels.

"It's only a matter of time," he said.

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español