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Hamels Strong in Cubs Debut

New Chicago Cubs SP Cole Hamels made his Cubs debut versus the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. He continued his strong road numbers for the season, going 5.0 IP, allowing 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 2 BB with 9 strikeouts. The veteran southpaw was able to enter the game with a comfortable lead thanks to a wild inning where the entire Northsider starting lineup faced Pittsburgh SP Nick Kingham, who was chased from the game after retiring the side, allowing 4 runs (2 unearned) on 3 hits and 1 BB. Hamels faced a bit of a jam after a fielding error by INF Addison Russell allowed OF Jordan Luplow to reach and giving up a single to OF Starling Marte with no outs recorded, but was able to strike out OF Gregory Polanco and INF David Freese before giving up an RBI single to C Francisco Cervelli and inducing a groundout by INF Jose Osuna to end the inning.

The Cubs’ other most recent acquisition, RP Brandon Kintzler, also appeared in the game, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings, with 1 hit, 1 BB and 1 strikeout.

The Northsiders went on to beat the Pirates by a final score of 9-2, and Hamels earned his first win in a Cubs uniform.

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