For the seventh time this season, Major League Baseball had a no-hitter. But for the first time, more than one pitcher will get the credit.
Chicago Cubs starter Zach Davies, along with relievers Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.
Davies threw the first six innings, Tepera the seventh, Chafin the eighth and then Kimbrel in the ninth to close out the no-hitter. The Dodgers did draw eight walks in the 4-0 Cubs win.
The Dodgers hadn't been no-hit since Aug. 30, 2015, when the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta did it at Dodger Stadium. Arrieta is slated to pitch for the Cubs on Friday night.
Zach Davies combined with three Cubs relievers to no-hit the Dodgers on Thursday night. (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports)
The Cubs now have 17 no-hitters in franchise history, but this is the team's first-ever combined no-hitter. Alec Mills had a no-hitter last season against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mills is scheduled to pitch against the Dodgers on Saturday.
It is not yet July and major league pitchers have equaled the modern record for no-hitters in a season – seven, beginning with San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove’s dominance of the Texas Rangers on April 9.
Also throwing no-hitters this season are the Chicago White Sox's Carlos Rodón (April 14 vs. Indians), Baltimore Orioles' John Means (May 5 vs. Mariners), Cincinnati Reds' Wade Miley (May 7 vs. Indians), Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull (May 18 vs. Mariners) and New York Yankees’ Corey Kluber (May 19 vs. Rangers).
The 2021 season has matched 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015 for the most no-hitters in a single MLB season since 1900. That’s one shy of the record eight in 1884, the first season overhand pitching was allowed.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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