There will be no official documentation of Cole Hamels' outing on Tuesday.
And he's eternally grateful for that.
Hamels was just getting his proverbial spring work in against the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic team. Since it was an exhibition - not even a Grapefruit League game - Hamels' 12-hit, eight-run pratfall against arguably the world's most potent lineup won't even be reflected in his spring training statistics.
"Thank goodness," Hamels said, "that didn't count."
Indeed, Hamels - throwing mostly fastballs - had his pitches peppered all over Bright House Field by a Dominican club that looked ready to run through a wall when the WBC begins Thursday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jose Reyes ripped a pair of hits and a home run, Hanley Ramirez had a pair of doubles, and even 38-year-old Miguel Tejada's bat looked spry as Hamels got ambushed even before he could so much as think about establishing a breaking ball.
After ducking the line drives, he tipped his cap - and also offered up why he figures to never participate in the World Baseball Classic.
"I ran into a bullet today," he said. "They're very good at what they do."
Phillies' Cole Hamels: 'I ran into a bullet today'
USA Today | Mar 5