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Cole Hamels and Matt Cain homer off each other in the same inning

Jul 21, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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Here’s something pretty cool.

Matt Cain launched a solo home run off opposing pitcher Cole Hamels in the top of the third inning this afternoon in Philadelphia. Not to be outdone, Hamels connected for a solo shot of his own off Cain in the bottom of the inning. No word on whether Hamels was whistling “Anything You Can Do” during his home run trot, but it can’t be ruled out.

Cain and Hamels are the first pitchers to homer off each other in the same game since Kevin Millwood and Denny Stark on May 18, 2002. Per ESPN’s Jayson Stark, they are the first pitchers to homer off each other in the same inning since Kevin Gross and Fernando Valenzuela did it on May 14, 1990.

There’s a chance Cain and Hamels could have more in common soon, as Jon Heyman of reports that the Phillies and Hamels are “moving in the right direction” in negotiations on a long-term contract extension. Cain’s $127.5 million commitment with the Giants is considered a starting point on negotiations for Hamels.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Old school baseball.

  2. mungman69 - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:30 PM


  3. ninjasports - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Reblogged this on ninjasports and commented:
    This is some old school baseball!

    • sabatimus - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Rebloggers are merely advertisers. As such, you get my down-thumbs.

    • surefooted1 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Are we supposed to go to your site and read it again? GTFO stupid spammer.

    • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Just a point of information: the words “re-blogged this etc” are added by WordPress, not the re-blogger. Its likely “ninja” has no idea this appeared here, so can everyone please give over piling on the guy?

      • ninjasports - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Thanks, man. I am new and didn’t know it would basically be spamming

      • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        No problem.

  4. philliephaninva - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    This is why I love baseball and especially the National league.

  5. critter69 - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    So pitchers hitting home runs is more important than even mentioning who won the game?

    Someone has their priorities in order.


    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:05 AM

      So bloggers reporting an interesting episode while the game is still in progress ought to haul out their crystal balls and predict the final score before it happens?

      The game started at 4:05. The post was at 5:32. Read between the lines, or get someone who isn’t inductively challenged to do it for you.


      • ccmf69 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        The game started at 1:05…darned East Coast Bias…

      • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        ^Game started 4:05 EST, Post was written at 5:32 EST. He’s just being congruent.

    • jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      …Really? Not every article is about a final score. There’s more to the game of baseball than the scoreline. If that’s all you want, look at box scores, not a blog. Personally, I come here because of articles like this – articles that show me more of the finer points in the game. I don’t get to watch most of the games because I’m at work during most of them. This is my way of enjoying the intricacies of the game, not just the score lines. And like Gator said, this was a nice, interesting story line in the MIDDLE of a game.

      You’re probably just some attention-seeking 15 year old. Just a word of advice there, BRO – not all attention is good attention. Save your idiotic comments for your homies in your high school math class.

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