Cole Hamels struggled out of the gate. The lefty needed 24 pitches to get through a first inning in which he walked the first two batters of the game. Hamels would exit the game in the sixth inning with 108 pitches in the book.
He would also leave the game with a “0″ in the opposing team’s hit column and seven K’s in his ledger.
Jake Diekman would relieve Hamels in the seventh and strike out a pair while not allowing a hit. Ken Giles would continue his masterful rookie campaign and strike out the top of the Braves’ line-up in order leaving the no-hitter in the hands of Jonathan Papelbon.
With the score 7-0 and the game in hand in the ninth, Ryne Sandberg put in Freddy Galvis at second base and Darin Ruf at first base as defensive replacements with Papelbon on the hill. A lazy fly to left retired Jose Constanza. Papelbon broke Chris Johnson‘s pitch on a slow grounder up the middle for out two. Then…
Papelbon got Phil Gosselin to line out to Ruf to end the first Phillies’ combined no hitter in team history. It was the 12th no hitter in Phillies’ history, the first since Roy Halladay‘s in the 2010 National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Revere Drives In Five, Stays Alive in Batting Title Race
Ben Revere went two for three with a single, a triple, and five RBI. Revere’s average rose to .310, putting him just two points behind NL-leader Josh Harrison who is at .312 as of press time. Jimmy Rollins added three hits while Cody Asche scored three runs.