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Can’t Hit This

Congratulations are in order for Chicago Cubs Right Hander Jake Arrieta. First, he became the first pitcher this season to reach 15 wins then he throws a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. The Cubs took them down 2-0 with a two run homer from Kris Bryant. The only runners Arrieta allowed came via an error on Starlin Castro and a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Despite that, Arrieta was perfect. He struck out 12 batters, including the final three to give him his NO NO.

”It went by so quick, really,” Arrieta said. ”Feels like that could have been five innings the way that played out. The stuff was good, commanded the ball well. Kind of speechless right now.” This was the first Cubs’ no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano threw one in 2008 and overall, this is the Cubs’ 14th no-hitter in franchise history; which dates back to Larry Corcoran’s three no-hitters in the 19th century. ”I think it will be more special the longer it sets in,” Arrieta said. ”Come a long way, keep getting better.”

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There was a bit of controversy though, the play by Starlin Castro that was ruled an error. Dodgers players after the game argued that it should have been a hit. Arrieta had this to say: ”I thought it was a hit. Tough play. Hernandez hit it well. Tough short hop for Castro. They scored it an error, thankfully so, and I was able to finish it off.”

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Regardless, it’s a no-hitter for him. This outing marked Arrieta’s third career shutout. Last year, he took a no-hitter into the seventh and then next outing took one into the eight in June. In September, he took one into the eight and in that September outing, he ended up throwing a one-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds. This was just bound to happen for him. Before Sunday, Arrieta was 5-0 with a 0.54 ERA this month. He is now 17-6 (leading all of MLB in wins) with a 2.11 ERA this season.

He is definitely in the running to win the NL Cy Young award. The Chicago Cubs then celebrated by having a pajama party (which was Joe Maddon’s idea) on the field then on the plane ride back home to Wrigley. Being a Chicago Cubs fan myself, I’m so happy we have our ace in Jake Arrieta.

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