The Chicago Cubs were on a four game losing streak, but their best pitcher was at his best Sunday as Jake Arrieta pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The no-hitter is the first in Arrieta’s career and the first for the Cubs since the 2008 season, when Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Houston Astros in a game at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It is the 14th no-hitter in Cubs team history.
Arrieta only faced 29 batters in the game, with one walk and a Starlin Castro error giving the Dodgers their only baserunners of the game. Arrieta struck out 12 batters total and struck out seven of the 10 batters that reached 0-2 counts against him in the contest.
While everyone in the stadium and on social media was buzzing, there was one person in the ballpark that was apparently unaware that Arrieta was on the verge of history.
"Everyone know what was going on except Justin Grimm," Maddon said. "He had no idea it was a no-hitter, even after the game concluded."
The victory gives the Cubs a five and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pittsburgh Pirates also lost on Sunday afternoon, moving the Cubs to within five games of the top wild card spot.
The game marks the first time that the Dodgers have been no-hit at Dodger Stadium since Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter for the Atlanta Braves in April 1994.