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.
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)
– David Whitlock
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