Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke says he couldn’t make a definitive assessment of Cole Hamels after the Brewers continued the misery for the Phillies lefthander with Friday’s 8-5 win.
Hamels allowed a career-high 12 hits. He surrendered seven runs (six earned) in five plus innings.
“It is hard to get a feel because he couldn’t have had worse luck than last night,” Roenicke said before this afternoon’s second of a three game series at Citizens Bank Park. “To give up four cheap hits in one inning just doesn’t happen.”
Roenicke was referring to the third inning when the Brewers scored four runs to take a 6-3 lead. The Brewers loaded the bases on an infield single, an error and a bloop single that Delmon Young couldn’t run down in right field.
Then Aramis Ramirez hit a broken bat RBI single. Later in the inning Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI singe, a liner off Hamels’ glove.
“We have been struggling the other way, hitting balls at people and we got it back last night in one inning,” Roenicke said.
He then pointed out some positives about Hamels.
“His velocity is there when he wants it,” Roenicke said. “When he wants to go 95 (MPH) he goes 95.”
Then he talked more of Hamels velocity.
“He probably pitched at a little bit higher average than I saw last night but his stuff is fine,” Roenicke said. “He has a good changeup, the breaking ball is still good, it’s hard to say what it is.”
Needless to say Roenicke felt his team was very fortunate in that four-run third inning.
“If we didn’t have the one inning where we got a lot of breaks, the game could have turned out a lit different and maybe he gets on a roll and pitches real well,” Roenicke said. “So last night was a really hard night to judge.”