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One to Forget

To say the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies stumbled out of the gate today would be simply untrue. This horse never even left the gate.

The Phillies sent Cole Hamels to the mound, their prized home grown ace who very well may not be here by August 1st. Hamels did not help that cause, however, as he lasted just five innings, allowing four runs all on solo home runs. He threw 99 pitches, and walked three while striking out six, and allowing five hits total.

The Phillies offense did nothing to support Hamels though, mustering just three hits on the day. They entered the seventh inning with just one hit and three baserunners altogether before notching two hits in the seventh.

The Red Sox broke the game open in the top of the ninth, when Jake Diekman loaded the bases with one out for Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez, who had already homered once against Hamels, took Diekman out to left field for grand slam that rang off the foul pole. Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia each went yard twice today against Phillies pitching, with both of Pedroia’s coming against Hamels.

The final score was 8-0, and Hamels’ 2015 record starts at 0-1 with a 7.20 earned run average.

Offensively, Carlos Ruiz gathered two walks and a single, while Grady Sizemore went 1-3. Ryan Howard went 1-4, and that was all for the Phillies offensively.

The Phillies and Red Sox play next on Wednesday night, when Aaron Harang takes the hill against Rick Porcello for Boston. First pitch, 7:05.

Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com

Photo Courtesy of Hardballtalk.NBCSports.com