Cole HamelsSP | Cubs
Cole Hamels goes scorched earth on RockiesJune 12, 2019 | 03:30 PM
Cole Hamels brought his A game to Coors Field Wednesday, limiting the Rockies to six hits over seven shutout frames in a 10-1 Cubs victory.
The former World Series MVP had everything working Wednesday, collecting nine punch-outs while yielding just one walk over 93 pitches. Of the six hits he allowed, only one--a third-inning double by David Dahl--went for extra bases. Hamels also had a monster day at the dish, logging two hits including a two-run single in the fifth. Wednesday's gem was not without controversy, however, as Hamels plunked Nolan Arenado on the arm, seemingly as retaliation for German Marquez hitting Kris Bryant a day earlier. Hamels, who will join the free agent ranks this offseason, hasn't allowed an earned run in his last three starts, in the process lowering his ERA from a mediocre 4.02 to a much sleeker 2.98. He'll enter his next outing, scheduled for Tuesday against the crosstown White Sox, needing just two strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career.