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.