Jason Hammel’s night is over.
And, given the fact he hadn’t pitched in a big league game since July 13, it was about as good as could be expected.
Hammel pitched into the sixth, being pulled with no outs in the inning after walking Alex Rodriguez.
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Through five-plus, the lanky right-hander allowed six hits, two walks and one earned run – on a Curtis Granderson two-out single in the fourth. He struck out six and retired the first six batters he faced.
There was a scary moment in the fourth when Robinson Cano smashed a comebacker that hit Hammel in the right elbow. He was in obvious pain, and the welt remained throughout his outing, but he stayed in the game.
Hammel was the club’s best pitcher (8-6, 3.54 ERA heading into Thursday) before knee surgery sidelined him in mid-July.
Hammel has gotten plenty of offense so far – Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer in the first; Robert Andino had a solo shot in the fourth and Mark Reynolds homered in the sixth.
Reynolds has now homered in his last three games and had seven longballs in his last seven games. He has 19 on the season, same as Wieters.By the way, the attendance was announced. It’s 46,298, which is the sixth sellout this season.