Hamels did throw a warmup pitch before the start of the eighth inning before Ryne Sandberg came out to the mound and replaced him with Ken Giles. Before the inning, Howard. But Hamels, who was at 99 pitches, was never visited by a trainer and all the beat writers seem to be in agreement on Twitter that he’s fine.
Reason for the oddity if not an injury? It’s totally possible Sandberg just forgot what number comes after 99. 10? No. 42? Nope! OH MY GOD 100. HE’S GOING TO THROW OVER 100 PITCHES!!! I’ll go get him. Sandberg’s not very smart, is what I’m trying to say.
Swing and a miss.