The Closer: Hard-luck Hamels

Through 6 1/3 innings Monday, it looked as though Cole Hamels was on track to throw the fourth no-hitter this season and the second by a Phillies pitcher in a little more than a week. In this edition of The Closer, we'll show you why Hamels dominated despite losing the no-hitter and ultimately the game.

- Hitters were 0-15 on balls middle and down in the zone, missing on 43.8 pct of their swings (69.4 pct of his pitches)

- Hitters got all 3 hits (in 11 AB) on pitches up in the zone, missing on only 4.5 pct of their swings (30.6 pct of his pitches)

- Hamels is known for his changeup, and had a great outing Monday with his third-highest changeup percentage this season. When he sticks with his changeup, he finds success:


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Hamels' no-hit bid ended by back-to-back homers

Cole Hamels had not allowed a hit through six and one-third innings against the Padres on Monday night until he gave up consecutive home runs to Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hamels was the first major-league pitcher to have a no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning or later by back-to-back homers since the Cardinals’ Dustin Hermanson on April 12, 2001 against Colorado. Hermanson held the Rockies hitless that day until one out in the seventh inning when he surrendered home runs to Larry Walker and Todd Helton.