Top 10 stats to know: Phillies no-hitter

September, 1, 2014
The Philadelphia Phillies completed a combined no-hitter Monday. Here are the top 10 stats to know on the performance.

1. The Phillies completed the 11th combined no-hitter in MLB history, first since the Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers in June of 2012. It is the first combined no-hitter in Phillies franchise history, which dates back to 1883.

2. There have now been two combined no-hitters thrown in the past three seasons. None were thrown from 2004 to 2011. In fact, only one combined no-hitter happened in the major leagues from the 14-season span of 1998 to 2011.

3. This is the fourth no-hitter in MLB this season, succeeding no-hit efforts by Josh Beckett, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum earlier this season. There were only three no-hitters thrown last season.

4. Beckett no-hit the Phillies on May 25. The Phillies are the fourth team in the past five seasons to get no-hit and throw a no-hitter in the same season.

5. It was the third no-hitter in the history of Turner Field. Ubaldo Jimenez hurled a no-no in 2010 and Randy Johnson threw perfect game there in 2004.

6. The Phillies' staff deserves credit for keeping the Braves off of their toes. Phillies pitchers did not allow a hard-hit ball the entire game. Starter Cole Hamels was particularly special, recording 12 swings-and-misses with his fastball, his most in a start in the past two seasons. Hamels quietly has a 2.00 ERA since May 11, second best in the majors behind Clayton Kershaw.

7. Phillies pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and five walks. It's the first no-hitter with that many strikeouts and that many walks since Sept. 28, 1974, when Nolan Ryan threw a 15-strikeout, 8-walk no-hitter against the Twins.

8. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was also behind the plate for both Roy Halladay no-hitters in 2010. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ruiz’s three no-hitters caught (regular season and playoffs) is tied for second most all-time. Ruiz trails only Jason Varitek, who caught four no-hitters in his time with the Red Sox.

9. Lost in the shadow of a brilliant pitching performance was the offense of Ben Revere, who drove in five runs. Revere’s five RBI are tied for third most by a player for a team that threw a no-hitter in the game, according to Elias. Hunter Pence accomplished the same feat last season behind Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter.

10. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Jason Heyward is the first player in the modern era to have three stolen bases in a game in which his team was no-hit. The only other player to have multiple steals in such a game was Frank Chance for the 1903 Cubs (two steals) also against the Phillies!



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