Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta threw the first no-hitter of the 2016 MLB season, and the second of his career, against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw the first no-hitter of the 2016 MLB season, and the second of his career, in a 16–0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
The game is the second-largest margin of victory in a no-hitter in MLB history. The largest margin of victory came in a Pud Galvin no-hitter in 1884, in which the Buffalo Bisons beat the Detroit Wolverines 18–0.
It is also the 15th no-hitter in the history of the Cubs franchise.
Arrieta struck out six and gave up four walks as he blew away the Reds over 119 pitches.
His previous no-hitter came against the Los Angeles Dodgers in late August of last season, a game in which he racked up 12 strikeouts.
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Arrieta (4–0) has now won all of his starts this season. His ERA improved to 0.93 through 29 innings pitched.
The Cubs got plenty of offensive support from Kris Bryant, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh inning. He finished the game with six RBIs, while Anthony Rizzo added a three-run homer in the sixth.