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Hamel good in debut as Cubs beat Pirates 9-2
Thursday Aug 02, 2018 12:00am

Hamel good in debut as Cubs beat Pirates 9-2
(PITTSBURGH) – Cole Hamels' stuff was just as filthy as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon remembered. The changeup. The breaking ball. All of it. If the newly acquired veteran pitcher can figure out his fastball too, the NL Central leaders will be that much tougher to hang with heading down the stretch. Hamels shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates over five effective innings in his return to the National League on Wednesday night as the Cubs jumped out early and cruised to a 9-2 victory. Hamels (6-9), brought over in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three hits. The four-time All-Star struck out nine and walked two to pick up his first win for a National League team in more than three years. The Cubs batted around in the first against Nick Kingman (5-6) despite having the ball leave the infield just once. A pair of Pittsburgh errors helped , so did a wild pitch and a hit by pitch by Kingham, who is a leading candidate to lose his spot in the starting rotation after the Pirates traded for Chris Archer on Tuesday. Willson Contreras went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI for the Cubs. Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had three hits apiece while Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez each added two hits and an RBI for Chicago. Reliever Brandon Kintzler worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on his 34th birthday a day after arriving in a trade from Washington. Hamels hit 96 mph on the radar gun and reminded his manager of the player who helped the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008 against Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays.

OTHER N.L. SCORES
Washington 5 – NY Mets 3
Miami at Atlanta – postponed
St. Louis 6 – Colorado 3
LA Dodgers 6 – Milwaukee 4 (10 innings)

Wilson Contreras (photo courtesy of 247 Sports)






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