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Philadelphia Phillies use four pitchers in combined no-hitter vs. Braves 77

In the days of pitch counts, combined no-hitters are becoming more and more common.  At Turner field today, the Philadelphia Phillies needed four pitchers (and 147 pitches) to completely shut down the Atlanta Braves (second worst run-scoring team in the NL) for no hits in a 7-0 victory.

Hamels was wildly effective today in Atlanta Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via CBSSports.com

Hamels was wildly effective today in Atlanta
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via CBSSports.com

 

Cole Hamels started wild before settling down.  He needed 108 pitches to get through six innings and told manager Ryne Sandberg he was gassed (five walks didn’t help).  Clinging to a 2-0 lead after six, the Phillies brought out their big guns with Jake Diekman working the 7th, Ken Giles working the 8th, then closer Jonathan Papelbon closing it out in the ninth getting Jose Costanza (who batted for Justin Upton), Chris Johnson, and Phil Gosselin (final out video via MLB.com).

 

The Phillies piled on runs to make the final score wide, but with the no-hitter on the line, Sandberg didn’t let up with his arms.  As always, there was a “close call” early, as Marlon Byrd saved a hit (and two runs) off the bat of Chris Johnson by making this diving catch (via MLB.com)

There hasn’t been much to play for for the Phillies, so this gives them a little bit of fun before a long winter of discontent.  The discontent is immediate for the Braves, who need all the wins they can get.

The no-hitter was the fourth of 2014, to go with Josh Beckett, Clayton Kershaw, and Tim Lincecum.  The last no-hitter for the Phillies was Roy Halladay in the 2010 NL Division Series.

– David Whitlock

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