Inside the Phillies Combined No-Hitter – Phillies Nation

Inside the Phillies Combined No-Hitter

Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon combined to no-hit the Braves on Sunday, the first no-hitter since Roy Halladay, and 12th in franchise history. It was the first combined no-no in team history, and featured six innings from Hamels, and one each from Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon. Box scores: Baseball Reference, ESPN, Fangraphs, MLB. Here are some other notes from the historic game:

– Dating back to 1914, there have been 11 combined no-hitters in MLB, most recently being the Mariners with a 1-0 win over the Dodgers in 2012.

– The Phillies threw 147 pitches–108 by Hamels, 15 by Diekman, 15 by Giles, and nine by Papelbon. 147 is good for the 4th-highest total recorded. For comparison, Roy Halladay threw 115 pitches. The most thrown in a no-hitter was 151 by the Astros in 2003. Three former Phillies pitched in that game–Roy Oswalt (1.0 IP), Brad Lidge (2.0 IP), and Billy Wagner (1.0 IP).

– The four pitchers used is one of just five such games.

– Six baserunners were allowed by the Phillies, including four(!) stolen bases–making it the only such game in known history. There have been 32 no-hitters with six or more baserunners allowed, but just one with at least four stolen bases.

– Hamels has given up a hit just under every inning and a third this year (169.1 IP, 143 H), slightly above his career average (1766.0 IP, 1571 H). For comparison, in 2010, Roy Halladay went just over one inning for each hit (250.2 IP, 231 H). Sunday was the second time Hamels left a game without giving up a hit, the other time being in 2010 when he exited after two innings against the Braves.

– The Phillies have had a pitcher throw a hitless outing 194 times this year. Hamels, obviously, had the longest outing at 6 IP, but the 2nd-longest outing is a bit surprising. Jeff Manship (remember him?) threw four no-hit innings against the Mets on May 31. He pitched in innings 10-13 before being relieved by Antonio Bastardo–who then gave up a game winning single to David Wright.

– At 190 minutes, Sunday’s no-hitter was the longest ever recorded. Clayton Kershaw‘s no-no from June is now 3rd-longest.

– For the Braves, they were the first team in 2014 to fail to score a run with at least four stolen bases and six baserunners. The Yankees did it in 2013 and the Red Sox did it in 2012.

– The Phillies faced 33 batters–six over the minimum. There have been 22 no-hitters with at least 33 batters faced, including Tommy Greene‘s no hitter in 1991 against the Expos.

– The seven runs the Phillies scored is most by the team in a no-hitter since 1903 when they put up ten runs against the Cubs. It is the 2nd most runs in a combined no hitter.

Carlos Ruiz has now been the catcher for three unique no-hitters. The only player with more is Jason Varitek.

– The Phillies join the Giants in having three no hitters in the last five seasons.



  1. Lefty

    September 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Interesting about Ruiz, he truly has been a part of three extremely unique no hitters. IMO- That’s a proud accomplishment for him.

    • Jonathan Nisula

      September 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I mean, Halladay twice, and Hamels/Diek/Giles/Pap–no shortage of very good pitchers on that list. But I would *still* say that Ruiz has been a huge part of each of them. I think he’s one of the best game managers in the game, and I’m not so sure that the Phillies would have these no-hitters without him.

  2. EastFallowfield

    September 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    You’re counting Halladay’s postseason one, but saying it was on the road? If you don’t count it, it’s the last two that were on the road, if you do count it, they’ve alternated away/home since 1971…Wise (@CIN), Mulholland (Vet), Greene (in Canada), Millwood (Vet again), Halladay perfecto (in FLA), Halladay postseason (CBP), yesterday (Hotlanta).

    • Jonathan Nisula

      September 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      You are correct. It has been amended. Meant to say “not counting” the postseason one & mixed up my numbers

  3. Ken Bland

    September 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t wanna take too much away from the Phillies no-hit win last night. Indeed, on multiple fronts, it was a nice story. Lord knows there are a number of people in that locker room that deserved some joyful experience the way this season has compounded the previous 2, and it’s a nice gesture that the game ball will find it’s way to David Montgomery. Still, over the years, like many other things in baseball, it’s easy to become staid or stoic to some things that seem to be novel to some. A no hitter is a no hitter…..sort of. I’ve developed a torn left oblique big right toe from the years of fascination when a pitcher walks 4 or 5 guys, and still gets celebrated for the no hit effort. Not the Nolan Ryan sort, which carried legend no matter how many he walked, but at least the fly by night types that met up with greatness so rarely, and dressed their way to fame by maybe walking their way around key matchups.

    But if I’m gonna keep dropping drips at least of cold water on the Phils accomplishment last night, consider the recent offensive achievements of this Atlanta ballclub. It don’t get much more offensive than them. Take the stat formerly known as RBI, now known as Runs By I with reference to Ben Revere. His collection of 5 is more than Lost Bravos had as a team in the last 3 games BEFORE last night. And if you subtract Justin Upton’s contribution toward that, the rest of the Braves, in 3 whole games (and it might be 4) is STILL a fraction of what Revere produced.

    This is kind of a dangerous time for Les Phillies. You look for season ending positive stories, hopes to live off for future reconciliation, and hope it’s not a matter of getting sucked in by season ending pressureless baseball, or against checked out competition. Tonight, particularly if in the next couple hours, MLB decided to strike the first inning of games from the record books, Kyle Kendrick might throw a hum dinger against the Braves. If he does, there’s no reason not to feel good for the guy, or the team, just know that it’s against a team that as been south of dreadful of late. But the no hitter, through that maze of partly cloudy was still a cool story.

    • rellis

      September 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Well gees. Why don’t they just remove Cole Hamels from the combined no hitter since he had control problems and only by sheer talent didn’t allow the runners to score? Thanks for the wet blanket and making something special seem rather tawdry and insignificant. Who cares if Atlanta can’t hit? What team would it matter more against?

      That’s what I hate about this town. No one can ever just enjoy a moment. There always has to be something negative about any accomplishments. Hamels walked guys, the other team is not a powerhouse. Just enjoy it!

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