Phillies Combine to No-Hit the Braves

In a rare combined no-hitter, four Philadelphia Phillies pitchers held the Atlanta Braves hitless on Monday afternoon. Ace Cole Hamels went the first six innings, striking out seven and walking five on 108 pitches. 

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Jake Diekman came in to throw a perfect seventh, while Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth. Closer Jonathan Papelbon came in and finished off the no-hitter for a Phillies team that has had very little to cheer about this season.

The last combined no-hitter in MLB came back in 2003 when the Houston Astros sent six pitchers to the mound against the New York Yankees in a 8-0 win. However, that came with Roy Oswalt having to leave the game after one inning with an injury.

Before that, Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combined for an extra-inning no-hitter in a Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 defeat of the Houston Astros in 1997.

Needless to say, this is a rare accomplishment in the Majors.

At the end of the day, Phillies pitchers struck out 12 in no-hitting the Braves.