Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cole Hamels pitches only the 13th No-Hitter in Phillies History

Smiles again on the field for the Phils as Hamels goes into the history books with no-hitter

The No-Hitter is one of the rarest occurrences in baseball for a franchise. This is especially true in Phillies history as Cole Hamels fired the 13th no-hitter in the history of Phillies baseball that began back in 1883.

Think about it, it's only the 13th time this has happened in the past 133 years, that's pretty special indeed. Cole's game against the Cubs yesterday becomes an instant classic.

The last no-hitter occured last year, it was a combined no-hitter that was thrown by Cole Hamels, who pitched 6 innings, then the bullpen of Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon. That was the first combined no-hitter ever in the history of Phillies baseball on September 1, 2014 against the Atlanta Braves.

No-hitters can be elusive for a team, the longest amount of time to pass between no-hitter games for the Phillies was 58 years from May 1, 1906 when Johnny Lush pitched his left handed (the first lefty for the Phils to do it) no-hitter, to June 21, 1964 when Jim Bunning broke the streak of not having a Phillies no-hitter thrown.

The most no-hitters for a career were thrown by Nolan Ryan, he has 5 total no-hitters to his credit over the course of his career.

Cole Hamels now has two no-hitters for the Phillies, he ties Roy Halladay who has two no- hitters (one was a perfect game) for the Phils in 2010. Roy had the Perfect Game (which is the most rare no-hitter that includes no walks) in May against the Florida Marlins, then in October of 2010 in his first postseason start, he threw a no-hitter against the Reds that was only the 2nd postseason no-hitter ever thrown.

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