Video: Cole Hamels launches second career home run

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Cubs starter Cole Hamels launched his second career home run, a solo shot off of the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon, in the bottom of the third inning on Monday night. The dinger cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1.

Hamels’ other homer came on July 21, 2012 in the third inning against the Giants’ Matt Cain. Coincidentally, Cain also homered off of Hamels in the same game… also in the third inning.

On the pitching side of things, Hamels has been terrific for the Cubs, entering Monday’s action 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings back in the National League. he had a 4.72 ERA across 114 1/3 innings with the Rangers before the trade.