Sunday, June 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Cubs' Arrieta no-hits Reds

CINCINNATI — Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta of pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night.

The reigning NL Cy Young winner struck out six, walked four and allowed only six balls hit out of the infield. He threw 119 pitches, retiring Eugenio Suarez on a routine flyball to right to end it.

Arrieta also no-hit the Dodgers 2-0 on Aug. 30.

"It feels different the second time," Arrieta said. "I was a little more relaxed as the game progressed."

The Reds hadn't been held hitless in a regular-season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia. In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitched a no-hitter against Cincinnati.

Since losing in Cole Hamels' no-hitter last July 25, Arrieta has these numbers: 17 regular-season starts, 1251/3 IP, 0.65 ERA and two no-hitters. He joins Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Clayton Kershaw as pitchers to throw a no-hitter after winning a Cy Young the previous season.

Ken Holtzman is the only other Cub with more than one no-hitter in the modern era, doing it in 1969 and 1971.

"What can I say?" Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Man, it was spectacular."

Kris Bryant homered twice, including a grand slam, with six RBIs. Arrieta contributed two singles and a walk.

The 16-run margin approached the most lopsided victory in major-league history. In 1884, Pud Galvin and Buffalo beat the Detroit Wolverines 18-0, STATS said.

Arrieta struggled a bit through the first six innings by walking three — he had allowed only two walks in his first three starts combined — and needing 85 pitches. Then he dug in and made quick work of the Reds.

"It felt sloppy from the get go," Arrieta said. "I was a little off on my command, but I was able to keep them off balance."

The Cubs have won their last five games in Cincinnati. The last time they did that was in the 1972-73 seasons.

The thousands of Cubs fans in the crowd of 16,497 were on their feet cheering as Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to open the ninth, got pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart on a popup, Zack Cozart on a fly to center, and Suarez on a fly to Jason Heyward.

Arrieta and catcher David Ross embraced halfway between home plate and the mound. "That animal was in control," Ross said.

Arrieta is among several pitchers in the last decade to pitch two no-hitters. The 30-year-old is on the list with Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Tim Lincecum and Homer Bailey, who threw the only other no-hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013, against the Giants.

"If you're a Reds fan, you're feeling miserable," Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. "As good as Arrieta was, nobody wants to get no-hit. Nobody wants to give up 16 runs. Nothing positive can come out of that game."

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