Did you know? Arrieta's no-hitter
Facts and figures from historic night for Cubs righty
It was a special night for Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Sunday, as the right-hander completed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. It also was an all-too-familiar outcome for the Dodgers, who found themselves on the losing end of such a feat for the second time this month.
Here's a look at some facts and figures from Arrieta's game to remember.
• The no-hitter was the first by a Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano, who threw one on Sept. 14, 2008, against the Astros. That game was played in Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike, which was making it impossible to travel to Houston. Overall, Arrieta became the 10th pitcher in franchise history with a no-hitter, and the fifth to do it on the road. Larry Corcoran threw three no-hitters for the club and Ken Holtzman tossed two.
• Only two other visiting pitchers had thrown a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, with the Braves' Kent Mercker the last to do it on April 8, 1994.
• This was Arrieta's first no-hitter, but he had come close before. Over his final 18 starts of last season, the right-hander held the opposition hitless through at least four innings on seven occasions. He kept it up through at least seven innings on June 30 at Boston and on Sept. 16 against the Reds at Wrigley Field.
• In the ninth inning, Arrieta whiffed Justin Turner, then caught Jimmy Rollins looking and got Chase Utley swinging. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the second pitcher this season to strike out the side to end a no-hitter, joining the Giants' Chris Heston. However, before 2015, nobody had pulled that off since the Dodgers' Sandy Koufax in 1965.
• As for Utley, this was a familiar situation. While with the Phillies last May 25, he also struck out to end a no-hitter, this one thrown by the Dodgers' Josh Beckett at Citizens Bank Park.
• Beckett's no-hitter was the only one Utley experienced from the losing end in his 13 seasons with the Phillies. He now has played in nine games with the Dodgers and experienced it twice.
• The Dodgers and Utley also were no-hit by the Astros' Mike Fiers on Aug. 21 in Houston. The nine days in between is a National League record, surpassing the 1971 Reds, who suffered no-hitters 20 days apart. The last time any team had a shorter span in between was in 1923, when the Philadelphia A's were no-hit on Sept. 4 and 7. Meanwhile, the 1917 White Sox hold the all-time Major League record, as they were no-hit by the St. Louis Browns on consecutive days.
• The Dodgers, who lead the NL West, could become the third team since at least 1900 to make the playoffs after getting no-hit twice. Those same 1917 White Sox went on to win the World Series, while the 2010 Rays won the American League East before losing in the AL Division Series.
• Arrieta's dominant performance (nine innings, one walk, 12 strikeouts) left him with a game score of 98, the best by a Cubs pitcher since Kerry Wood posted a 105 while striking out 20 Astros in a one-hitter in 1998. Before that, no Cubs pitcher had notched a 98 or better since 1927.
• Arrieta finishes August 6-0 with a 0.43 ERA. According to ESPN, the last pitcher to win six games while posting an ERA that low during any calendar month was Jim Kaat, who went 6-0 with a 0.35 ERA for the White Sox in September of 1974.
• With 14 straight quality starts, Arrieta has the longest such streak since Greg Maddux also went 14 straight in 1992.
• Arrieta also went 1-for-4 at the plate on Sunday. This was the seventh straight time that the starting pitcher in a no-hitter thrown by an NL team also got at least one hit. That includes the Phillies' combined no-hitter last Sept. 1, started by Cole Hamels.
• In the previous decade (2000-09), there were 15 no-hitters thrown in the Majors. So far in this decade (2010-15), there already have been 30.