PHILADELPIA, July 27 -- The trade value for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels may be higher than ever after today.

Hamels, who came into Monday's afternoon game at Wrigley Field sporting an ERA of 19.89 over his last two starts, looked as dominant as ever, as he mowed down every Cubbie hitter who stepped into the box, facing just two over the minimum.

The 6'4" Hamels struck out 13 batters, while walking just two and throwing a total of 129 pitches as he out-dueled Jake Arrieta, who was looking for his career high 12th win of the season. This was Hamels 29th career double-digit strikeout game.

Every no-hitter seems to have one or two defensive plays that stand out as game savers, and this one was no different.

Odubel Herrera, with one out in the 8th inning, made a diving grab in the left center gap to rob Chicago catcher David Ross of what would have been the first hit of the game, and Herrera wasn't done there.

As the Cubs were down to their last strike, Hamels threw a curve ball that Kris Bryant hit into deep center towards Herrera. As Herrera attempted to settle under the ball, he lost his footing, slipping to the ground, but was still able to lunge forward and make the catch on the warning track for the final out.

Despite their long championship drought, today was the first time the Cubs have been no-hit since Sandy Koufax shut them down on September 9, 1965. And if getting no-hit wasn't enough, Hamels himself had more hits than the entire Chicago team, doubling into the gap in the 8th inning.

Ryan Howard provided all the run support Hamels needed when he launched a three-run homer in the top of the 3rd inning, his 17th of the year.

The club would go on to add two more runs to make it a 5-0 final.

With the Phillies struggling at 36-63, and many contending teams in need of a starting pitcher, it's not a matter of if , but of when and to whom Cole Hamels will be traded.

The LA Dodgers and the team Hamels coincidentally just no-hit, the Chicago Cub,s are considered to be favorites right now to land his services, although the San Francisco Giants are also said to be making a strong push. With the non-waiver trade deadline looming on Friday, the Phillies lefty can only sit back and wait to see where he will be taking his talents next.

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