9/1/2014 7:52 P.M. ET
Phils 'pen shows glimpse of future in finishing no-no
Young relievers Diekman, Giles produce dominant setup work for Papelbon
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Jonathan Papelbon looked pretty miserable as he sat with his teammate to discuss Monday's combined no-hitter against the Braves.
Not even a smile, Pap?
Come on, the Phillies just threw their 12th no-hitter in franchise history.
"I think he just wants to lay in bed right now," rookie right-hander Ken Giles said.
Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Giles and Papelbon combined to no-hit the Braves in a 7-0 win for a rare highlight in an otherwise rough season.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Giles said. "I'm happy to be a part of this team and these three guys right here, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it."
Hamels went six innings, but he threw 108 pitches on a hot and humid afternoon as he walked five and hit one batter. Diekman said he entered the game in the seventh inning oblivious to the fact Hamels had not allowed a hit.
Maybe it helped. He struck out two in a perfect inning of work.
Giles said he absolutely knew what was happening. He struck out the side in a dominant effort.
"I was hoping Cole would be able to finish it by himself, but it's always OK to ask for help once in a while," Giles said. "It's a great thing to be a part of."
Papelbon then retired the side in order in the ninth.
"It was definitely different," Papelbon said. "I didn't have the adrenaline that I would usually have today. Two day games in a row, so I'm a little bit tired today. I just went out there and tried to focus on location over velocity and do what I could to preserve the no-hitter."
The Phillies are looking for silver linings for the future, and the bullpen is one of them. They like what they have seen from young pitchers like Giles and Diekman. If the Phillies trade Papelbon in the offseason, Giles could be the closer, with Diekman the setup man.
"I think it's a cool experience," Papelbon said. "It's definitely been a rough go at it this year for our ballclub. It's something to kind of hang our hat on for the year. Cole has been our bona fide ace for the entire season. It's good to preserve those wins for our starters, and today it was preserving a no-hitter."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.