Cole Hamels, Bullpen Combine For A No-Hitter

The Phillies celebrated Labor Day in style on Monday, as Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon combined to toss nine no-hit innings against the Atlanta Braves. Hamels battled spotty control, walking five, but the Braves weren’t able to hit him very hard when he was in the strike zone. It’s no surprise that the Diekman-Giles-Papelbon trio was able to polish off the no-no as they have been lights out for the last several months.

The last no-hitter in Phillies history, of course, was Roy Halladay‘s gem in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. It’s the 12th no-hitter in franchise history, and the first combined no-hitter. The last combined no-hitter in baseball came on June 8, 2012, when former Phillie — and author of a complete game no-hitter — Kevin Millwood and five Seattle Mariners relievers accomplished the feat against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here’s the last out:

Obviously, Hamels has pitched much better, but no-hitters are still fun even knowing the analytic shortcomings, not unlike the cycle.

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  1. yo mama

    September 02, 2014 08:26 AM

    awesome game. and i’m really happy hamels didn’t throw 150 pitches.

    • Chris S.

      September 02, 2014 10:13 AM

      Yeah but it would have been nice if Sandberg could have gone to someone other than Papelbon to close out the no-no. Papelbon needs less of these games finished.

  2. Ginner207

    September 02, 2014 02:56 PM

    So Chooch has caught three no-hitters, that’s pretty damn impressive.

  3. Bob

    September 02, 2014 06:19 PM

    Why are Hamels, Utley, Rollins, Byrd, Papelbon, and Howard still playing? This season is over and they are older and more prone to injury. If they get injured now, they won’t have any trade value. And trying to win games in a lost season at the risk of injury to your core players doesn’t make sense. Please shut them down, get some playing time to see how the rest of the roster is panning out, collect some data on younger players, and try again next year.

    • ASK

      September 02, 2014 06:20 PM

      Not to mention that with every PA for Byrd and every game finished for Papelbon, they each get closer to having their options for 2016 vest.

      • Bill Baer

        September 02, 2014 07:43 PM

        As Michael Baumann has written here before, it’s pretty shitty to screw with a player’s playing time specifically so you don’t have to pay him. Don’t want an option to vest? Don’t include a vesting option in the contract.

      • Dan K.

        September 02, 2014 07:44 PM

        Artificially depressing those numbers (by sitting them all) to prevent the options from vesting is a good way to get legally bitch-slapped by the player’s union.

      • ASK

        September 02, 2014 08:21 PM

        Right, but the point isn’t to screw any of them out of their options, it is to give opportunities to younger players. If the result of those opportunities is that the options become less likely to vest, all the better.

      • Matt Winkelman

        September 02, 2014 09:35 PM

        At this point both options more on 2015 results anyway, 2014 doesn’t really matter.

        As others have said; it hurts you in contract negotiations with future players, pisses off your own players, and gets the union after you. Not really worth it

    • Bob

      September 02, 2014 11:14 PM

      The Phillies have a huge money advantage over other teams. Unlike NY, CHI, LA, D.C., the Bay Area, the Philly market only has one team. The Phils have an influx of revenue from local TV deal and an increase in national revenue. If the reason that the Phillies are not playing youngsters is because they’re concerned about these vesting options then the Phils need to pay the options and play the rooks.

      Mired in last place, the Phils need to make the best baseball decisions as possible to rebuild this franchise. By exposing vets to injury and not gaining data on their younger players over a couple bucks would be a bad decision and could lead to an even longer rebuild.

    • MMM

      September 03, 2014 04:32 AM

      I would say (a) none are guaranteed NOT to be here next season so why piss them off, (b) Only Papelbon has a clear successor in any of the younger players, (c) Utley and Rollins are still building borderling HOF cases and deserve to finish out the season, (d) Hamels is the ace. Since when do you bench the ace even on a losing team?
      I know we want to see how the youngsters are doing, but that doesn’t mean I want to see Hernandez playing instead of Utley and Galvis instead of Rollins. If Utley and Rollins finish out strong, it helps their cases and I’m sorry, but I want to know that I was a Phillies fan during two simultaneous HOF careers. They are not what is holding up the rebuilding of the Phillies. Ruf and Franco should get as much playing time as possible and Giles should be closing. That I will give you.

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