No-hitter for Hamels
Potential trade target Cole Hamels of the Phillies delivers a gem in 5-0 win over Cubs.
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.