Ladies and gentlemen, your new strike out leader, Cole Hamels.
Hamels enjoyed the best performance of his short career when he fanned a career-high fifteen batters in his first complete game Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Phillies turned the first triple play in the big leagues this season - the first in nearly eight years for the club - in their 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Hamels (2-0, 2.57 ERA) allowed five hits and walked two using 115 pitches. His previous career high for strikeouts was 12, which he managed twice last season. He leads Johan Santana by one strikeout for the major league lead, with 33 K's and is three ahead of Ted Lilly for the NL best.
With Josh Hamilton on second and Edwin Encarnacion on first in the fifth inning, David Ross grounded out to Phillies third baseman Abraham Núñez, who stepped on the bag to force Hamilton before throwing to second baseman Chase Utley to force Encarnacion for the second out.
Utley's relay to first baseman Wes Helms nailed Ross by a step, helping the Phillies hang onto a 2-1 lead. The Reds' catcher is batting only .105 this season after going 0-for-2 when his only well-hit ball of the evening went for three outs.
Posted by Sooze on 4/22/2007