The last time the Chicago Cubs had a no-hitter thrown against them, by Sandy Koufax in 1965, they had Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ernie Banks in the heart of their lineup. Time will tell what the future holds for Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, and Chris Denorfia, but at least they’ve matched the Cubs legends in one regard: they’ve batted 3-4-5 in a game in which the Cubs were no-hit.
In what might be his last start with the Philadelphia Phillies, lefty Cole Hamels has thrown his first career no-hitter, beating the Cubs 5-0. Hamels walked two and struck out 13, facing only 29 hitters in a dominant performance. The Phillies’ ace needed 129 pitches to complete the no-no. As the trade deadline nears, the performance should help erase the doubts about Hamels’ future created by two consecutive sub-par performances.
Hamels had never previously come very close to a no-hitter. His longest previous no-hit attempt lasted 6.2 innings. He has thrown two eight-inning one-hitters and one complete game two-hitter. He was part of a combined no-hitter last season, when he threw 108 pitches in six innings of no-hit ball. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched one inning to complete that no-hitter.
There had not been a no-hitter thrown at Wrigley Field since Milt Pappas beat the Padres 8-0 on September 2, 1972.
The Cubs held the longest active streak of no being no-hit. That honor now goes to the Cincinnati Reds, who have no had a no-hitter thrown against them since the Phillies’ Rick Wise did it on June 23, 1971.