Congratulations to Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon and catcher Carlos Ruiz on Monday’s combined no-hitter against the Braves. It is the 12th no-hitter in Phillies history and the first combined no-hitter. Altogether, there have been only 11 teams in baseball history to record a combined no-hitter.
One other fun note is that this is the 3rd no-hitter caught by Carlos Ruiz in his career. He is ties for second all-time behind Jason Varitek, who caught four no-hitters for the Red Sox from 2001-2008.
Oddly enough, Hamels had what appeared to be one of his most difficult outings of the year, even though he did not allow a hit. His pitches were all over the place and he walked 5 batters. I am guessing this erratic performance completely confused Braves hitters.
Overshadowed in the 7-0 no-hit victory was a 5-RBI day for Ben Revere, who is now batting .310. Jimmy Rollins had 3 hits and Chase Utley walked twice. It was a nice day offensively, but the no-hitter took the front page news, as is appropriate.
So in an otherwise awful Phillies season, this was a very nice moment for the team and the fans. Fans do have a little more fun ahead as September call-ups start streaming in. It looks like Maikel Franco will finally get a shot in the Bigs. We will also get our first look at Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Cuban righty that the Phillies spent a fortune on and, so far, have little to show for it. Also, Mike Adams and Tony Gwynn Jr. will return.
I look forward to seeing the line-up for tonight’s game. First pitch is at 7:10pm and Kyle Kendrick will pitch. That is a nice gift to the Braves following the no-hitter. Just sayin’…
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