Hamels shines as the Phillies one-hit the Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Cole Hamels and four relievers combined on a one-hitter as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros 7-1 Sunday in front of 5,013 fans at Osceola County Stadium.
It was the second one-hitter thrown this spring training by the Phillies staff.
Hamels gave up a lead-off double to Houston’s Tyler Greene, then retired 14 consecutive batters. He went five innings, allowing one hit and one run while walking one and striking out one.
He was followed by Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin DeFratus. They combined for six strikeouts and one walk.
Laynce Nix had two hits, including a solo home run into the teeth of a blustery wind in right field that tied the game in the fourth inning.
Freddy Galvis went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the sixth inning when the Phillies broke the game open with three runs against Houston reliever Jarred Cosart.
Erik Kratz delivered the big blow in the sixth inning with a two-run triple.
Kevin Frandsen had an RBI double and Yuniesky Betancourt added an RBI single for the Phillies. Michael Young had two hits to raise his spring training batting average to .371.
The Phillies got a scare in the sixth inning when left fielder Darin Ruf was hit in the left elbow by a Cosart pitch and had to leave the game. Ruf later told reporters he was fine.
Cosart, a 2008 Philadelphia draft pick, also hit Josh Fields with a pitch and the two appeared to exchange some words as Fields headed to first base.
The story of the day, however, was the work of the Phillies pitching staff.
Philadelphia also threw a one-hitter against Pittsburgh on March 4. In that game, John Lannan gave up a two-out double to Travis Snyder in the first inning, then combined with four relievers to shut the Pirates down.