Alec Mills’ no-hitter on Sunday was the first in Cubs history against the Brewers, but NOT their first at Miller Park, Milwaukee’s home venue. Huh?
It’s true, as Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano’s no-no on Sept. 14, 2008 -- exactly 12 years ago Monday -- also came at Miller Park, though it was thrown against the Astros, not the Brewers.
Due to Hurricane Ike in 2008, Chicago’s road series against Houston that September was relocated from Minute Maid Park to Miller Park, and Zambrano kept the Astros out of the hit column in the first game of the series. The Astros were members of the NL Central at the time, too, before switching to the American League.
As a result, Miller Park has now seen two no-hitters, both by Cubs pitchers, but only one actually involving the Brewers.
Mills’ no-hitter is the 16th in Cubs history, and their fourth straight that’s come on the road. The Cubs haven’t thrown a no-hitter at Wrigley Field since the 1972 season, when they had two there -- Burt Hooton’s in April and Milt Pappas’ in September.