Cole Hamels hurls no-hitter vs. Cubs
Hamels throws no-hitter
On Saturday at Wrigley Field, Cole Hamels threw his first career no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. It's the 13th no-hitter in Phillies franchise history and the third in the majors this season.
Cole Hamels finished with 13 strikeouts, the most ever in a Phils no-hitter and was just two walks shy of a perfect game. It was Hamels' 29th career double-digit strikeout performance. Cubs hitters swung and missed 27 times, the most any team has done so against Hamels since the Marlins had 29 in 2006, when Hamels was a rookie. (credit ESPN)
Odubel Herrera saves the day
Odubel Herrera made two great catches to save the no-hitter for Hamels: one a running catch in the eighth inning, the other to make the final out in the ninth after falling down on the warning track.
Big Piece goes deep
Ryan Howard added the only run support Cole Hamels needed with a three-run homer off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta in the third inning.
Hamels makes history
Cole Hamels' no-hitter is the first against the Chicago Cubs since Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the franchise back on Sept. 9, 1965, a stretch of 7,920 games.
Carlos Ruiz ties record
The no-hitter is the fourth caught by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, which is the most in NL history and tied with Jason Varitek for most in MLB history. Ruiz also caught Roy Halladay's perfect game and playoff no-no in 2010, as well as the Phillies' combined no-hitter last season against the Braves.
Not all that bad
Cole Hamels' no-hitter is the fourth for the Phillies since 2010, which is tied for the most in that stretch of time with the San Francisco Giants.
Upping his trade value?
Cole Hamels faced 29 batters on Saturday during the no-hitter. In his previous two starts, the last 29 batters had 16 hits against the lefty.
Bouncing back in a big way
The no-hitter from Cole Hamels comes after one of the worst two-game stretches of his career, in which he gave up 14 ER in 6 1/3 innings.
Last start as a Phillie?
With the July 31 trade deadline looming, the no-hitter may have been Cole Hamels' last start in a Phillies uniform. If Hamels is dealt, he would be the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in his last start before being traded. Bert Blyleven in 1977 threw one in his final start with the Rangers before being dealt to the Pirates in the offseason. (credit: Elias/ESPN)