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David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Stop poking your Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee Voo Doo dolls.
It turns out Cole Hamels told the Phillies' pitching coach after the seventh inning that he was running on empty and would have hurt the team by going out for the eighth inning. Hamels had thrown 108 pitches at that point. Though he has thrown more in eight games this season, he said the way his body felt he would have hurt the team by taking the mound in the eighth.
Instead, the Phillies bullpen allowed five runs in the eighth inning en route to a 6-4 loss.
Hamels said he had no regrets about not taking the mound in the eighth, despite the end result.
"I have all the confidence in the bullpen and I knew I wouldn't have been able to get the job done either," Hamels said. "Complete games are great and all that. But the complete games I threw even early in the season, they took a toll on me. I wasn't up to par two starts down the line, so I don't want that to effect me, especially this late in the season when every five days I go out and every game means something and I've got to be able to put in six, seven, eight quality innings where I can give the team an opportunity."
"What can you do?" pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "I'm not going to send a guy out there that says he is done."
Dubee said that he would have sent Hamels out for the eighth unless, perhaps, the Phillies had runners in scoring position with Hamels' due up at the plate.
Greg Dobbs ended up pinch-hitting for Hamels with two out and none on in the top of the eighth.
"With two out and nobody on, he most likely would have gone back out there," Dubee said, "but if he pitched seven quality innings and he said he had enough, he had enough."