Friday, May 12, 2006

Effectively wild

Phillies rookie Cole Hamels walked five batters tonight in his much-anticipated big-league debut.

But, the left-hander surrendered just one hit and struck out seven in a 92-pitch effort.

Hamels fanned Ken Griffey Jr. twice and displayed a composure on the mound beyond that of the typical 22-year old.

At 6-3, 175-pounds, Hamels beared a striking resemblance to another lanky young hurler.

Homer Bailey.

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