For the second time in as many seasons, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has thrown a no-hitter. This time, it came at the expense of the Cincinnati Reds who had nothing going for them all night as they fell to the Cubs by a score of 16-0. And yes, that’s a 16.
The Chicago Cubs had everything working for them tonight as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a 2-run home-run by third baseman Kris Bryant. The Cubs continued to pour on the runs and in the 6th inning; first baseman Anthony Rizzo contributed to the rout by hitting a 3-run home-run to make it 9-0 Cubs. Kris Bryant hit his second home-run of the game, a grand slam to deep center field, to give the Cubs a 13-0 lead in the 7th. The Cubs would add three more runs in the 9th inning to make it 16-0.
Despite scoring 16 runs on 18 hits, the highlight of the game was none other than Jake Arrieta who pitched his best game of the young season. Over 9 innings, Arrieta struck out six batters, walked four and threw 119 pitches. His performance lowered his already impressive ERA on the 2016 season to a miniscule .87 ERA.
As if Arrieta’s pitching performance wasn’t enough, he went 2-4 with a walk and came around to score on the Kris Bryant grand slam.
Most times a pitcher throws a no-hitter, he absolutely dominates the other team. The crazy thing about this no-hitter? Arrieta didn’t even have close to his best stuff. Arrieta has had better stuff in several games and never threw a no-hitter. All that is just a testament to how good of a pitcher Arrieta is. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he still has the ability to completely shut down the other team.
Arrieta’s last no-hitter came on August 30, 2015 on Sunday Night Baseball against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrieta’s no-hitter tonight was the 15th no-hitter in Cubs franchise history.
Miss the game? You can watch Arrieta complete this no-hitter game here.