4 pitchers help give the Phillies their 12th no-hitter in their franchise history in their 7-0 victory over the 2nd place Braves. Cole Hamels pitched the first 6 innings, striking out 7 and walking 5. Hamels already threw 108 pitches by the 7th inning, reason why manager Ryan Sandberg decided to take him out. The 30-year old Hamels wasn't upset about the decision, saying "Just understanding the situation, every time I went out there I was battling control issues, I wasn't getting ahead of guys. Walking the leadoff hitter will put you in a lot of trouble, and it does. It builds up your pitch count." Jake Diekman came in to relive Hamels in the 7th, striking out 2 on 15 pitches, followed by Ken Giles in the 8th, who struck out 3 on 15 pitches, and Johnathan Papelbon closed it out in the 9th. In 2012, the Mariners used 6 pitchers in their combined No-hitter against the Dodgers, Kevin Millwood as the starter. With the Philles in last place, this should give the Philadelphia faithful a small dose of excitement in what has been a dreadful season.
I said that the A's made a mistake by sending their only power hitter to the Red Sox but they went and found themselves a replacement in Adam Dunn. Dunn was traded to the A's for minor league pitcher Friday and made a splash in his 1st at bat. In October, a power hitter like Dunn or Cespedes will be needed. Dunn is past his prime but he can still be very effective if you give him the right pitch. Like the Red Sox last year, the A's like to manufacture runs with base hits and base running. You can ask anyone apart of that Red Sox team that if Big Papi wasn't apart of the lineup, that method wouldn't have worked.
And the NL Central continues to be a roller coaster ride. We now have a new division leader and by no surprise it's the St. Louis Cardinals. After losing 4 straight, the Cards are currently on a 3-game winning streak and their 5-4 victory over the Pirates Monday, gave them a 1-game division lead. August 1st, the Cardinals were sitting in third place, 3-games behind the Brewers. It's funny how things change in a month. The Brewers went 13-14 in the month of August and currently on a 6-game losing streak. The Cardinals will visit the Brewers Thursday for a 4-game series, the last time they will see each other this season. If the Brewers can't get it together by then, expect the Cards to run away with the division.
Apparently the Saints felt that Champ Bailey couldn't help their secondary since they let go the future hall of famer in final roster cuts. I decided to look at the Saints roster to see their corps of cornerbacks to see what they have. After doing some research, all the Saints DBs (safeties & corners) combine for 38 interceptions. Champ Bailey has 52 career interceptions in 14 seasons. I understand Champ may be old and not the same Champ Bailey from 2005, but I don't see how a roster spot wasn't made for a future Hall of Famer. The Saints secondary is inexperienced with Keenan Allen and Jarius Bryd being the vets of the group. I think they are solid at safety with Kenny Vaccaro and Bryd back there but their corners look shaky baby.