Phillies' Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter
(Reuters) - Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Monday.
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 no-hitter.
"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 Gosselin.
"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. Continued...