Cole Hamels blasts homer as Cubs defeat Red Sox

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Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports

Joe Camporeale – USA Today Sports

After finishing the Cactus League season by destroying the Padres on Sunday, the Cubs returned home to Sloan Park to host the Boston Red Sox for the first of two exhibition games. The Cubs started lefty Cole Hamels (2-0, 5.40 ERA), against Boston’s righty, Rick Porcello (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

It was a pitcher’s duel for the majority of the game, and Hamels did a little dueling of his own at the plate, hitting a home run to tie the game at one in the bottom of the third. The Cubs would go on to win by a final score of 3-2.

T1: LHP: Cole Hamels: Single, strikeout, pop-out, flyout. (Pitch Count: 12)

B1: (BOS: RHP-Porcello) Cubs go in order: Ben Zobrist (pop-out), Kris Bryant (line-out), Rizzo (groundout). No score.

T2: Hamels: Double, groundout (runner advances to third), groundout, groundout. (Pitch count: 26)

B2:…

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