Jake Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young award, and the Chicago Cubs’ ace doesn’t appear to be slowing down in 2016. For the second time since last August, Arrieta has thrown a no-hitter.
This one came against Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night at Great American Ballpark in a 16-0 Cubs win, while the previous Arrieta no-no was against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30, 2015 at Dodger Stadium.
Here’s the final out:
And here’s a fan running on the field to celebrate:
Get this: Arrieta hasn’t lost a game since his last no-hitter!
Jake Arrieta has a no-hit bid through 8 innings. He hasn’t lost since his no-hitter on August 30, 2015 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 22, 2016
More incredible Arrieta nuggets:
Jake Arrieta is the 4th reigning Cy Young winner to throw a no-hitter pic.twitter.com/W2bWnC24ct
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 22, 2016
Great find, Espn Stats: 3 years ago tonight Jake Arrieta gave up fIve runs in a 7-4 loss for Balt.He was demoted to the minors the next day
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 22, 2016
The crazy thing is this wasn’t Arrieta at his best. His command wasn’t nearly as sharp as it usually is, and he walked four Reds batters. But, his stuff is so good, that his “B” stuff is still lights out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers let the Reds know that they’re not alone with this feeling: