Hammel hit a ground ball to short in the top of the ninth inning and was tagged out after a protracted jog down the line. Showalter said that not running out the ground ball was the best thing Hammel could have done in that situation.
"We had him at 6.89 [seconds]," Showalter said. "That's one of the few times I'll condone a 6.89."
Hammel, who spent three years with the Rockies, was happy to lay down two sacrifice bunts, but he doesn't like hitting much now that he's in the American League.
"That's why I didn't run out that last one," Hammel said. "My knee was hurting me a little bit. I wanted [first baseman Eric] Hinske to meet me halfway. He was laughing at me. I said, 'I don't want to run that far, come get me.'"
Thanks to an off-day on Thursday, Hammel will have an extra day of rest before his next start.