Jake Arrieta fires no-hitter against Dodgers

Chicago Tribune

When the last out was made, Jake Arrieta strode toward catcher Miguel Montero in a walk of relief and disbelief.

The Cubs ace had come close to throwing a no-hitter several times before, so reality hit hard when his dream came true Sunday with his first no-hitter, a 2-0 victory against the Dodgers.

“It’s tough to put that into words, because you think about that all the time as a kid,” said Arrieta, who walked into a conference room to meet the media in onesie pajamas with a mustache theme as part of the Cubs’ road trip pajama party.

“You see other guys around the league do it, and you want to be a part of something like that. So it’s not only special for me, my family and my friends but for the organization, my teammates. My teammates embraced me after the game. It was extremely special. It’s hard to put into words right now.”


Arrieta was the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano in 2008. He is the 13th pitcher in team history to accomplish the feat.

Arrieta had 12 strikeouts and one walk, and the only other baserunner reached on an error. He struck out Justin Turner and Jimmy Rollins to start the ninth inning. The last out was a five-pitch at-bat by Chase Utley, who struck out on an 89-mph fastball.

Arrieta said it was something he wanted on his resume.

“It’s something that everybody wants,” he said. “Every kid thinks about it. Little League. High school. College. Minor leagues. You think about it. It’s almost impossible not to because everybody who plays this game wants to accomplish great things and pitch at a high level. It’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time.”

He looked untouchable from the get-go and got his major-league leading 17th victory, improved to 11-1 on the road and finished 6-0 in his August starts.

It was the culmination of a career development that Cubs manager Joe Maddon could see coming.

“The thing with Jake, for the folks that have not seen enough of him, he has that stuff nightly,” Maddon said. “It’s really crazy. The ball looks like a Wiffle ball, even from the side. You could see the break on the slider, the curveball, the cutter. Right now he’s pitching at a different level.”

The Dodgers, who were no-hit by Mike Fiers of the Astros nine days prior, seemed helpless again.


Arrieta faced one batter over the minimum through five innings. The baserunner came on an error by Starlin Castro, who failed to field a ground ball by Kike Hernandez at second base in the third.

Arrieta’s gem was badly needed by the Cubs, who were 1-4 on their West Coast trip but topped their win total from last season with No. 74 coming home.

Arrieta became the first Cubs pitcher to win six straight starts since Carlos Silva in 2010. He is also the first Cubs pitcher with 14 straight quality starts since Greg Maddux in 1992.

The Cubs had scored six runs during their four-game losing streak and struck out 37 times in the previous three games, although two of those games were against World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.


They got the start they wanted with Kris Bryant’s 21st home run, a two-run shot to left in the first that represented Bryant’s first home run away from Wrigley Field since June 17. Chris Denorfia drew a walk to set it up.

Dodgers starter Alex Wood needed 72 pitches to get through the first three innings.

Castro had three hits with a double and made an impressive grab for the second out of first inning, before his error.

Curtis Zupke is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.