Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter as Cubs Defeat Dodgers (VIDEO)
He's come close before. On Sunday night (8/30) at Dodger Stadium, Jake Arrieta became part of history. The right-hander became the 14th Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter, and the first since Carlos Zambrano in 2008.
It's already been a year to remember for the Cubs. They've exceeded expectations with a record of 74-55, and a firm hold on a Wild Card position. Coming into Sunday, however, it had been a tough trip to California. They had lost 2 of 3 to the San Francisco Giants, and were trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. Kris Bryant's 2-run homer in the 1st inning was all Arrieta needed. Only two Dodgers made it on base, one via walk and the other on an error.
This was the second time the Dodgers were no-hit in just 9 days, the last one coming at the hands of Astros right-hander, Mike Fiers. But you shouldn't mistake the Dodgers as slouches. They're currently in first place in the National League West.
Arrieta talked after the game about how special it was to share the moment with his teammates and his family. He got treated to a Gatorade bath by his teammates and a kiss from his hot baseball wife, Brittany.