|2015 Chachi #52|
Game 99 - Sunday Afternoon, July 25th in Chicago
Record - 36-63, 5th Place, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: In what could possibly be his last start with the Phillies, Cole Hamels threw the the 13th no-hitter in team history as the Phillies won against the Cubs, 5-0.
What It Means: Little did I know I'd witness history when I began working in our yard and mowing our lawn yesterday afternoon. Listening to the radio broadcast of the game the entire time, I finished up after the fifth inning and sat in our garage to listen to the sixth and seventh innings. I decided I didn't want to be exiled in the garage in case history was made, so I got over any lingering superstitions and went inside to watch the final two outs on TV with my family.
As Hamels collected the final outs he needed, my oldest son Doug could barely contain himself and my youngest son Ben wondered what all the commotion was about. We jumped and screamed and clapped as Odubel Herrera somehow caught the final out of the game in center to preserve the no-hitter. If this was in fact Hamels' last game as a Phillie, he gave us all a wonderful parting gift and a fantastic memory that I'll never forget.
What Happened: Hamels struck out 13 and threw 129 pitches. His only blemishes on the day were two walks allowed to Dexter Fowler. Ryan Howard's three-run home run in the third gave Hamels all the run support he'd need. The Phils scored twice more in the eighth when Cody Asche singled and Freddy Galvis blooped a double to the outfield grass behind first base. Anthony Rizzo fielded the ball and immediately threw it beyond third, allowing Galvis to come around to score.
Ruiz joins Jason Varitek as the only catchers in Major League history to have caught four no-hitters and he becomes the only National League catcher to have accomplished this feat. I also love the picture below capturing the moment after Herrera's grab when Ruiz and Howard were the first to greet Hamels on the mound. Chase Utley (currently on the disabled list, but in Chicago) joined the trio a few seconds later.
Herrera's circus catch to record the 27th out preserved the no-hitter and he also made a nice play on a David Ross liner in the eighth for the second out of that inning.
5/29/10 - Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in Major League history
10/6/10 - Halladay no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the N.L.D.S.
9/1/14 - Hamels, Diekman, Giles and Papelbon combine for the franchise's 12th no-hitter