Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sound bites

Without being asked about Adrian Gonzalez, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels mentioned him Friday night after the Padres were shut out for the sixth time in 20 games, the fourth time in nine games and second night in a row. "Thank God, Adrian left," Hamels told me, laughing. Hamels was talking about his latest cruise at Petco Park. Eight scoreless innings on Friday had dropped the lefty's Petco ERA to 1.23, which is a ballpark record (minimum five starts). Hamels moved past teammate Roy Oswalt, whose 1.69 mark after Thursday's scoreless outing had made him Petco's king for a day. How bad is it getting for the offense? Will Venable finally gets a hit, bunting for a single off Hamels, and he takes a verbal hit from Phillies broadcaster Larry Andersen, who had this to say on the air: "Maybe Venable should bunt every time, because he can't hit."

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