No-hitter for Hamels

Po­ten­tial trade tar­get Cole Hamels of the Phillies de­liv­ers a gem in 5-0 win over Cubs.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY JAY CO­HEN — As­so­ci­ated Press

chicago— Cole Hamels is fac­ing a quick trip from the record book to the trad­ing block.

The Philadelphia ace be­came the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 50 years, watch­ing as rookie cen­ter fielder Odubel Her­rera stum­bled on the warn­ing track be­fore catch­ing a fly­ball to end the Phillies’ 5-0 win Satur­day.

“It’s some­thing where you just go out there and en­joy the mo­ment,” Hamels said. “What I want is to be suc­cess­ful at it. I en­joyed the mo­ment and this hap­pened.”

Hamels (6-7) struck out 13, toss­ing his first ca­reer solo no­hit­ter in what could be his fi­nal start for the Phillies. The 2008 World Se­ries MVP has been men­tioned promi­nently in trade talks as the July 31 dead­line ap­proaches.

It was the first no-hitter against the Cubs since Sandy Ko­ufax pitched a per­fect game in 1965.

Dex­ter Fowler walked twice for Chicago, but he was the Cubs’ only base run­ner.

Hamels, 31, was part of the Phillies’ last no-hitter, too. The left-han­der teamed with three re­liev­ers on a com­bined no-hitter last Sept. 1 at At­lanta.

This time, Hamels saw Her­rera make two tum­bling grabs to pre­serve the gem.

With one out in the eighth, Her­rera ran a long way into the left-cen­ter field gap to grab David Ross’s fly and then spilled onto the warn­ing track.

With two outs in the ninth, rookie Kris Bryant launched a long fly. Her­rera raced back, slipped on the track in front of the ivy-cov­ered brick wall but man­aged to lean for­ward for the catch.

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