Cole Hamels was essentially brilliant on the mound in his hometown of San Diego last night going 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 3 walks, and no runs while striking out 8. Granted, he was facing a Padres lineup that had already been shutout FIVE times prior to last night’s 2-0 loss (which would put the Pads on pace to be blanked an MLB record-shattering FORTY-EIGHT times this season), but still — a shutout is a shutout.
HOWEVER, Cole was also the victim of the most insane pickoff plays I’ve ever seen, courtesy of left-hander Clayton Richard. Check the screen grab below and notice that Cole had, what, a five foot lead off of first base? He honestly could have fell over towards the bag and his 6’3″ frame plus wingspan would have been plenty long enough to get back to first safely. Instead, Cole got fooled by Clayton’s pickoff move, leaned toward second, and wound up getting caught in a rundown and erasing his leadoff hit.
To watch the play in it’s entirety, click the picture or go HERE. MLB Advanced Media would appreciate it.
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