Starter Hamels struck out seven and walked five in six no-hit
innings before leaving the game, and the three members of the
Phillies bullpen kept the no-hitter intact.
Hamels said he did not mind being replaced in the midst of a
"I understood coming around the sixth inning that it was going to be
a short game (for him)," he said.
"It was nice to see what we could do together. It was fun to watch
them and create something very special."
On a hot afternoon, Hamels threw 108 pitches before Jake Diekman,
Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched one inning in relief to
complete the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season.
"It seemed like against one guy he (Hamels) couldn't throw a strike,
he'd be all over the place, and then against the next guy, he'd be
boom, boom, boom and he's dotting up on you," said Atlanta's Phil
"So it was one of those effectively-wild days where he had the good
stuff and couldn't control it with everybody."
San Francisco's Tim Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres on June 25
after the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter against the
Colorado Rockies on June 18 and Dodgers team mate Josh Beckett held
the Phillies hitless on May 25.
It was the first combined no-hitter in the 132-year history of the
Phillies franchise and the first combination effort in the major
leagues since six Seattle Mariners no-hit the Dodgers in a 1-0
victory in June 8, 2012.
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The Phillies have now had 12 no-hitters in their history, including Roy
Halladay's gem in Game One of the 2010 National League Division Series.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had no hesitation in removing Hamels
after six innings.
"He was pretty much spent ... and he wasn't going to go nine (innings),"
Sandberg told reporters.
"It's a big moment for the team. We got to do a little champagne toast."
In the ninth inning, Papelbon got pinch-hitter Jose Constanza to fly out
to left fielder Domonic Brown, Chris Johnson grounded out up the middle
to Jimmy Rollins and Gosselin hit a soft line drive to first baseman
Darin Ruf to end the game.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles and Andrew Both in
Cary, North Carolina. Editing by Gene Cherry)
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