Monday, December 29, 2014

Two Thirds For Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels recorded his second career triple Monday night.

Two Thirds For Cole Hamels

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and manager Charlie Manuel. (John Bazemore/AP)
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and manager Charlie Manuel. (John Bazemore/AP)

Cole Hamels hit the second triple of his career Monday night and scored the first run of the Phillies' 5-1 victory over the Braves.

He is just the 10th Phillies pitcher since 1950 to leg out more than one three-bagger in their career. That includes ambidextrous reliever Greg Harris, for whom half of his four hits (in 15 at-bats) in his two years as a Phillie were triples.

Those 10:

 Pitcher   3B     GP       H-    AB
 Robin Roberts    9   541   206-1244
 Steve Carlton    4   501   267-1290
 Dck Ruthven    4   212     72-  404
 Rick Wise    4   223     88-  404
 Greg Harris    2   110       4-   15
 Larry Christenson         2   243     64-  427
 Chris Short    2   464     88-  697
 Curt Simmons    2   357   121-  670
 Herm Wehmeier    2     62     26-  130
 Cole Hamels    2   244    83-  490
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