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Cole Hamels tossed six no-hit innings and got help from Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon to record the Phillies' first combined no-no in a 7-0 victory over the Braves on Monday at Turner Field.
Ruiz caught the third no-hitter of his career on Monday afternoon in a 7-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, although this was the first without Roy Halladay and the first that featured more than one pitcher.
A few statistical nuggets related to the Phillies' combined no-hitter of the Braves on Monday afternoon in Atlanta.
Every no-hitter seems to have at least one memorable defensive play, and Monday's at Turner Field proved no different. Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd made a diving catch in the third inning that not only kept the combined no-no alive in a 7-0 victory over the Braves, but also prevented a couple runs from scoring.
The Phillies had an emotional week with news on Thursday that team president David Montgomery would take a leave of absence to recover from jaw bone cancer surgery. So it was a nice touch Monday when Cole Hamels announced the ball used to make the final out in Philadelphia's 7-0 victory in the combined no-hitter against the Braves would be dedicated to Montgomery.
What four Phillies pitchers joined forces to accomplish on Monday is no easy feat. Just ask some of the franchise's all-time greats.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes to see more improvement from recently acquired Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre. The Phillies got him Sunday from Toronto for outfielder John Mayberry Jr., who was not going to return next season.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday there will be more adjustments to the Phillies' roster in the future, following Sunday's trade that sent John Mayberry Jr. to Toronto for Minor League third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
The Phillies made one more trade before Sunday's midnight waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
To say that the Braves are not looking forward to facing Phillies lefty Cole Hamels on Labor Day afternoon at Turner Field might be an understatement. Atlanta has not beaten the Philadelphia hurler since Opening Day 2013. The Braves will counter with righty Julio Teheran on Monday.
On Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, A.J. Burnett finished his August much like he began it. After a strong four scoreless innings, he collapsed, allowing five runs over the next two innings that were punctuated by a go-ahead three-run home run by Anthony Recker in the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the Mets.
The Phillies likely won't be welcoming or parting with any Major League players before Sunday's waiver deadline. But on Monday, when the roster can expand up to 40 players, some young new faces will give the Phillies a partial glimpse into the future.
The Phillies announced Sunday morning that they released veteran right-hander Jason Marquis from the organization after signing him in early June.
Dillon Gee spent part of his Saturday afternoon shooting a small basketball on a toy hoop the Mets recently hung in their clubhouse, his Sunday matinee start against righty A.J. Burnett and the Phillies not quite on the forefront of his mind, instead replaced by a rebounding Dana Eveland and an unfriendly rim.
Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh in his fourth straight solid start, Marlon Byrd hit his 25th homer and the Phillies used a five-run sixth inning to even their series vs. the Mets with a 7-2 victory on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged a call Saturday night at Citi Field, and the ruling came back in his favor. Replay officials overturned the safe call on the field by deciding that Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley tagged out a sliding David Wright during a rundown in the fourth inning.
If the Phillies plan to rebuild their roster through trades, those deals are likely to come in the offseason. The Phillies seem unlikely to trade anybody before Sunday's midnight deadline to acquire players eligible for the postseason, unless there is an injury or an unexpected change of heart from an opposing general manager.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Maikel Franco could be in the big leagues as early as Monday when rosters expand. If he is called up, the Phillies will need to find playing time for him. He can spell Ryan Howard at first base, but he also can play third base.
Another Bartolo Colon start, another potential swan song. The right-hander has been the subject of much trade speculation in recent weeks, especially after he reportedly cleared waivers in recent days, making the Mets free to trade him to any team that seeks his services. So when Colon takes the mound Saturday night against righty Jerome Williams and the Phillies at Citi Field, there might be a few more eyes on the game.
Right-hander Aaron Nola, the Phillies' No. 2 prospect, closed out his year in style Friday, throwing five scoreless innings to help Double-A Reading defeat Trenton, 3-0. Nola, ranked No. 46 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out two, walked none and allowed four hits. He threw 61 pitches and earned the victory, his second in five starts with Reading.