Roberto Hernandez didn’t find out until Saturday afternoon he was starting against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
Maybe Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg should keep these things secret from Hernandez more often.
Making an emergency start in place of ailing Cole Hamels, who’s been battling the flu, Hernandez blanked the Nationals over 7 1/3 innings, leading the Phillies to a 1-0 win and a 2-1 win of their first series this year with their biggest rival (see Instant Replay).
“Sometimes that works out better,” reliever Mike Adams said. “That way you don’t have as much time to think about it and sit there and have all these different thoughts going through your head. Sometimes it’s best when stuff just jumps up on you.”
Adams was one of three relievers who combined on the final five outs after Hernandez scattered four hits in his longest scoreless outing since 2010, when he pitched a complete-game shutout for the Indians against the Twins at Progressive Field.
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