Jake Arrieta, the ace of the Chicago Cubs pitching staff threw a no-hitter on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs won 16-0 on the road.
It was the second no-hitter for Arrieta in his past 11 starts during the regular season.
Arrieta, who is the reigning Cy Young holder in the National League, threw this season’s first no-no.
Arrieta raised his record on the season to 4-0, with six strikeouts and four walks, with only six balls hit out of the Chicago infield.
The right-hander threw 119 pitches on the night. He also pitched a no-hitter last August 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.
Cincinnati had not had a no-hitter thrown against them during a game in the regular season since 1971, when Philadelphia’s Rick Wise pitched one. In 2010, the Reds were no-it in the National League playoffs by Roy Halladay.
Arrieta is the first pitcher from the Cubs to win his opening four starts of the season since 2006, when Greg Maddux was 5-0. Ken Holtzman is the only other pitcher for the Cubs to throw more than one no-no during the modern era. His two were in 1969 followed by 1971.
The Cubs’ Kris Bryant had two homes including one grand slam and ended with 6 RBIs. Arrieta had two singles on the night.
For normal Arrieta standards, the game was somewhat of a struggle. He had three walks, but had allowed just two over his first three starts combined, He threw 85 pitches after six full innings. However, his final three innings were vintage Arrieta.
After walking the leadoff batter in the ninth, Arrieta retired the next three batters on fly balls to end the game.
He and David Ross his catcher embraced between the pitcher’s mound and home play as the remainder of the team circled them.
Chicago at 12-4 is off to its best start in 46 years.
Early on, the game became out of hand with the Cubs offensive explosive and attention shifted to whether Arrieta could record his second no-hitter.