October 08, 2009
On one hand, he's still terrible while starting them. Hamels' '09 record during early starts fell to 0-7 after the lefty took the loss during Philadelphia's 5-4 defeat to Colorado in Game 2 of the NLDS on Thursday.
On the other, the network's decision to make the Phillies the first game of a triple header may have allowed him to get to the hospital and see the birth of his first child.
Shortly after being lifted from a five-inning effort that saw him give up four runs and seven hits, Hamels left Citizens Bank Park and went to be with his wife, Survivor's Heidi Strobel, who had gone into labor with the couple's first child.
The defending World Series MVP, who didn't lose a game in the 2008 postseason, told TV announcers before the game that it was a possibility his wife might go into labor. He then allowed a run to the Rockies in the first inning, a two-run home run to Yorvit Torrealba(notes) in the fourth and an additional run in the fifth.
He was lifted in the bottom of the inning for pinch hitter Greg Dobbs(notes) and his departure was announced a short time later. The Phillies later said that Hamels wasn't aware his wife was in labor while pitching on the mound and that he left the game because of his performance.
We'll update you on the particulars once the Hamels announce them from the hospital. No word on whether or not they'll choose to name the child "Yorvit" (but we think they should).