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Hamels' Double-A debut spoiled07/07/2005 12:56 AM ET
By Michael Echan / MLB.com
Cole Hamels made an impressive Double-A debut, but Brad Snyder ruined his big day as Akron beat Reading in 10 innings, 5-3, on Wednesday night.
Hamels, the Philadelphia Phillies' top pick in the 2002 draft, pitched six gritty innings in his Reading debut, giving up three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out six.
"I'm a little disappointed," he told reporters after the game, "but with mishaps you learn more from bad games than good games." After the outing, Hamels said he felt something he hadn't experienced in a couple years.
"I haven't had butterflies in my stomach the last two years," Hamels said. "It's nice to have that, but it's something I have to get used to."
Phillies fans saw something they were used to seeing in the eighth inning when Randy Ruiz hit a game-tying, three-run home run off Aeros reliever Mariano Gomez. Ruiz leads the Eastern League in all Triple Crown categories with a .361 average, 21 home runs and 72 RBIs.
Despite Ruiz's heroics, Snyder's bat put Akron on top. Facing Travis Thompson (4-1) with runners on first and second in the top of the 10th, he punched a single through the left side, plating Franklin Gutierrez for the go-ahead run. Snyder also hit a home run in the sixth inning, to go 2-for-5.
Travis Foley (3-1) got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth while Ed Mujica threw a 1-2-3 10th for his first save.
Jake Dittler gave Akron a strong start, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while fanning six. -- Michael Echan/MLB.com
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