Hamels doing 'everything I can' for Phillies

Amid trade speculation, lefty focused on pitching, mentoring young players

Hamels doing 'everything I can' for Phillies

NEW YORK -- Cole Hamels' time with the Phillies might be short, but he still cares.

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He threw up his arms in frustration and barked a few words in the direction of the Phillies' dugout in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon during a 10-2 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Hamels thought he had a groundout, but with Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez positioned almost directly behind second base, the ball hit by John Ryan Murphy rolled through the infield for a base hit.

"I think there was just some miscommunication from what we talked about before the game and kind of [what] my pitching style is," Hamels said.

Could Hamels be pitching elsewhere in the near future? If the Phillies get what they want, yes. They are reportedly trying to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but so far have not found a team willing to meet their price.

Hamels is used to the incessant questions and speculation by now.

"It's just kind of normal, going on 12 months," Hamels said. "It's kind of not even the focus right now. I think I'm trying to do everything I can for this team, especially some of the young guys that we have, trying to be somebody with a lot of information and a lot of experience. If they have questions, and to show them the type of work ethic it takes to be successful up here. I think that's kind of the only thought I've really had. That's what I take day in and day out."

Hamels returned to the mound Wednesday after missing Friday night's start against the Cardinals because of tightness in his right hamstring. He had a chance to help the Phillies sweep the Yankees after the Phillies scored 11 runs each of the previous two nights, but he was not sharp. He allowed eight hits, five runs, three walks and hit one batter in five innings.

He also got no help from the offense or defense.

It was the seventh time in 15 starts this season the Phillies did not score a run for Hamels while he was in the game. The offense has been held scoreless in 32 of his last 33 innings on the mound. The defense also let him down multiple times.

Carlos Ruiz could not field Didi Gregorius' bunt in front of the plate in the second inning which loaded the bases. Jose Pirela then hit a chopper to Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco, who barehanded the ball and threw home.

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The ball bounced in front of Ruiz, but it deflected off his glove to allow two runs to score.

Freddy Galvis then lost a ball in the sun in the fourth inning, which fell for a double by Gregorius, who scored on a single by Brett Gardner. Chase Headley followed with a run-scoring double, with the ball grazing third base and getting past Blanco.

"I felt pretty good," Hamels said. "I think maybe things were a little too sharp than what I was expecting, pitches were breaking too much. You kind of have to find that middle ground."

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.