Hamels tossed the third no-hitter of the 2015 Major League season on Saturday, firing 9.0 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts and two walks in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was the first career individual no-hitter for Hamels, who started and pitched 6.0 innings in a combined no-hitter on September 1, 2014, when he joined Jacob Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon in no-hitting the Atlanta Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hamels is just the fifth pitcher in Major League history to throw a no-hitter of his own and be involved in a combined no-hitter. The others were Vida Blue, Kent Mercker, Mike Witt and Kevin Millwood. Hamels' effort on Saturday marked the first no-hitter thrown against the Cubs since September 9, 1965, when Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax spun a perfect game (Elias). With the no-hit victory, the three-time All-Star notched his sixth win of the season while running his season strikeout total to 137, marking the NL's fifth-highest mark. This is his second career Player of the Week Award (also: August 13-19, 2012).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Washington's Ian Desmond (.478, 8 R, 11 H, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.000 SLG); Cincinnati's Todd Frazier (.286, 7 R, 8 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .607) and Joey Votto (.500, 9 R, 12 H, 2 HR, .636 OBP); Arizona's Rubby De
La Rosa (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 7 SO, 15.0 IP); and San Diego's Craig Kimbrel (0.00 ERA, 4 SV, 3 SO, 4.0 IP).
In recognition of their National League Co-Player of the Week Awards, Carlos Gonzalez and Cole Hamels will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.