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

  • David Whitlock

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

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


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


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

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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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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