Just on the market is a Cole Hamels no-hit T-shirt. On sale online and at the Majestic Clubhouse Store in Citizens Bank Park. Could be a real collector’s gem if the no-hitter was Cole’s last in a Phillies uniform. His next scheduled start is Thursday night against the Braves at home. Trade deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, the first day of the Toyota Alumni Weekend.
1st of 13
Phillies’ first no-hitter came a long time ago. Make that, a very, very long time ago, their second season:
August 29, 1885: RHP Charlie Ferguson, 1-0, over the Providence Grays at the Phillies home field, Recreation Park. Age: 22. Catcher: Jack Clements. Season record: 26-20, 2.22 ERA.
“Ferguson, the Philadelphia pitcher, accomplished the feat today by retiring the Providence team without a hit in a full nine inning game. Eight of the visitors went out on strikes, one on a foul tip, and seven on short infield flies, only five balls being hit by them to the outfield, all of which were caught. His pitching was very steady, except in the fourth inning when he gave two men their bases on balls. The only run of the game was made by Mulvey in the ninth inning, when he reached first on a hit, stole second, went to third on Fogarty’s out and came home on a wild pitch,” New York Times, August 29, 1885.
During this era, the mound was 50 feet from home plate. Pitchers threw from a flat surface and seven balls were needed for a walk. Batters were allowed to request where they wanted a pitch to be thrown. But, there was no speed pitch or pitch count.
Phillies return to interleague play tonight and tomorrow night in Toronto. Blue Jays lead the American League with 528 runs scored and 196 doubles. Their 130 home runs are second. Their pitching staff’s 4.07 ERA ranks 12th the bullpen’s 16 saves are last. In other words, they out-muscle their opponents.
Two teams have a two-game rematch at Citizens Bank Park on August 18-19, a two-game homestand.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (47-56, 4th place, North Division)
Won their 3rd in a row, 3-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. WP: Anthony Vasquez (7-3), 8-5-1-1-2-2; his 3rd straight win. SV: Dustin McGowan (7). CF Aaron Altherr, 2 RBI and threw out a runner trying for a double. Both managers were ejected in the game.
Next: Jesse Biddle (2-0) 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (54-48, 3rd place, Eastern Division)
Lost their 3rd consecutive game, 4-3, to Erie. LP: Zach Elfin (5-6), 2-6-4-4-0-1. HRs: C Andrew Knapp (2); LF Cameron Perkins (10); going into this season he had a career total of 13 over 3 seasons. Knapp was ejected in the 9th inning.
Next: Chris Leroux 7:05 tonight vs. Erie.
Clearwater Threshers (20-11, 1st place, North Division)
Were rained out. 5 p.m. doubleheader today in Bradenton, Victor Arano (3-9) and Brandon Leibrandt.
Lakewood BlueClaws (19-12, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost 1-0 to Kannapolis. LP: Tyler Viza (4-6), 9-6-1-1-0-6. BlueClaws held to 2 singles, 1B Kyle Martin with 2 out in the 4th and CF Jiandido Tromp, leading off the 9th.
Next: Ranfi Casimiro (6-5) 11:00 this morning vs. Kannapolis.
Williamsport Crosscutters (24-12, 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Were not scheduled. Alejandro Arteaga (3-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Lowell
Gulf Coast League Phillies (20-8, 1st place, Northwest Division)
Losing, 1-0, after 1, game vs. Pirates was suspended by rain. 12 noon DH today vs. Pirates. Haven’t played since Thursday because of rain.
Today in Phillies History
1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.
Reds replace Cubs as the last team to be no-hit, 7,026 games ago. The Phillies Rick Wise did it in 1971, becoming the only pitcher to hit two home runs while tossing a no-hitter.