Philadelphia Phillies combine for team no-hitter

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The last place Philadelphia Phillies gave their team and fans something to cheer for on Monday afternoon as four pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against the division rival Atlanta Braves. This marked the fourth time this season that a no-hitter had been thrown.

Cole Hamels, who has been without question the best pitcher in the Phillies staff this season, tossed six no-hit innings, but was taken out after having thrown 108 pitchers over that span. Hamels had a solid line, striking out seven, giving up no hits, but he walked a season-high five batters over his six frames of work. 

Team effort

The Phillies called upon reliever Jake Diekman to pitch the seventh inning, and Ken Giles pitched the eighth. Both pitchers tossed a perfect inning. Closer Jonathan Papelbon also added a perfect ninth inning to finish off the no-hitter. 

There have been three other no-hitters throughout the 2014 season, this being the first team effort in getting the no-no. A pair of Dodger pitchers tossed no-hitters as Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett both achieved their first no-hitters of their careers. Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants tossed his second no-hitter of his career earlier this season as well. 

Key play

No-hitters almost seemingly would not happen without some kind of tremendous play. During this game it was much of the same as Philles right-fielder Marlon Byrd was the hero. Byrd made a tremendous play as he sprinted in and toward the right field line to make a diving catch on Chris Johnson's line drive to end the third inning. 

It was the 11th combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball history, the last one being back in 2012 when Kevin Millwood and five other Seattle Mariners pitchers teamed up to throw a no-hitter against the Dodgers. 

Phillies history

It was the 12th no-hitter in Phillies history. Roy Halladay pitched the past two for the team, both coming in the same season when he tossed a perfect game against the Marlins in 2010, and later threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the playoffs.

For the starting pitcher in the contest, Hamels has put together an impressive career. The 30-year-old has won the World Series and won the MVP of the 2008 World Series and was the National League Championship Series MVP as well. He has also been a three-time All-Star and now has part of a no-hitter to add to his resume.

In what has been another tough season for the Phillies and their fans, this combined no-hit effort finally gave them something to be happy and proud of.

It has been a difficult transition as the Phillies were once looked at as one of the best teams in baseball, and the past few seasons have been one of the worst. 

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