In his first outing of the spring, Cole Hamels allowed a leadoff walk to Team Canada’s Adam Stern, followed by a single to Corey Koskie, before getting Joey Votto to pop up and Justin Morneau to hit into a double play.
In the second inning, Jason Bay flied to center, Matt Stairs grounded to first, and Luke Carlin singled. With two out in the inning, the drama mounted as the great Stubby Clapp stepped to the plate…and grounded to first.
We’ll talk to Hamels later, of course, but his delivery has seemed typically smooth and easy. He said Monday that he wasn’t worried about results, but in his first two innings, the results were fine.
UPDATE: Hamels' day ended with the great Stubby Clapp encounter. We heard from Team Canado PR, by the way, that Stubby's real name is Richard, and that his father and grandfather were also called Stubby.