Arrieta threw his 2nd career no-hitter versus the Cincinnati Reds in the Cubs’ 16-0 rout of the Reds despite struggling with his command by walking four Reds players.
Dating back to August 1st of last season, Arrieta has a masterful 0.53 earned run average and a perfect 15-0 record in 16 starts. These numbers are out of the world for a guy who owned a career 5.46 earned run average before being traded to the Cubs along with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman.
“I envisioned pitching like this, even when I had a 5.00 (earned run average) in Baltimore,” Arrieta said of his struggles with the Orioles. “I expected to get to this point regardless of how long it took or what I had to go through to get there, I had visualizations of throwing no-hitters or throwing shutouts. It’s starting to happen for me, and I don’t take any of it for granted.”
The 30-year-old Arrieta was already at 85 pitches following the sixth inning. This led to many people speculating about whether or not Cubs manager Joe Maddon would let him finish the game. Arrieta ended up throwing 119 pitches in total. His final out was Eugenio Suarez flying out to Jason Heyward.
Arrieta is now 4-0 on the season with a 0.87 earned run average and 26 strikeouts. Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher since Greg Maddux in 2006 to win his first four starts of the season.
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