SoCal-cool Hamels stays hot, finishes off Dodgers

Updated: October 16, 2008, 7:06 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Perhaps it would have been a road game for most pitchers, but the laid-back Southern Cali kid came into the game of his life feeling at ease.

When Cole Hamels took the mound here on Wednesday night, he did so having grown up 120 miles to the south of this city, and he was comforted by all that felt familiar: pitching in a pitchers' park, and facing a team he secretly harbored an affection for, despite growing up in San Diego.

After all, his hometown ...

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