Led by minor league phenom Cole Hamels, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-5 in the 57th Hall of Fame Game on June 16, 2003, at Doubleday Field.
Hamels pitched five innings after relieving starter Brandon Duckworth in the second frame. The Class A southpaw allowed three runs – two of which were earned – on three hits and struck out a game-high nine batters while walking just one en route to Hall of Fame Game Most Valuable Player honors. Less than three years later – on May 12, 2006 – Hamels made his big league debut for the Phillies.
Tampa Bay struck first as Aubrey Huff hit an RBI single to give the Devil Rays an early one-run lead. The Phillies responded with a Jimmy Rollins RBI single in the bottom half of the first inning to tie the score.
In the second, Pete LaForest reached on a fielder’s choice and crossed the plate on an error for Tampa Bay’s second run.
Four runs in the bottom of the second gave Philadelphia its first lead of the game. After Jason Michaels led off the inning with a single to center, Marlon Byrd hit a two-run home run. Nick Punto tripled to right field to continue the rally and scored when Ricky Ledee grounded out. Tomás Pérez scored the final run of the inning on a home run to right field.
The Devil Rays, including Carl Crawford, and Phillies line up along the baselines prior to the 2003 Hall of Fame Game. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)