LOS ANGELES — Zach Davies and three Chicago Cubs relievers mixed for the seventh no-hitter within the majors this 12 months, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Thursday evening and tying the record for many in a single baseball season since 1900.
The Dodgers drew eight walks, getting no less than one from every Cubs pitcher, however managed no different baserunners.
Davies (5-4) issued 5 walks and used 94 pitches to get by way of six innings in opposition to the defending World Series champions within the 16th begin of his first season with the Cubs.
Chicago relievers Ryan Tepera and Andrew Chafin every walked a batter throughout their lone inning, however Los Angeles couldn’t capitalize.
Craig Kimbrel then walked Chris Taylor main off the ninth, however the ferocious nearer struck out Cody Bellinger, Albert Pujols and pinch-hitter Will Smith to complete the 17th no-hitter in Cubs historical past — the group’s first mixed effort.
“I believe all of them wanted to get a stroll in, simply to make my coronary heart price go up just a little bit,” Cubs supervisor David Ross mentioned.
“You get to the ninth, I don’t know I’ve been as nervous in a very long time with a 4-Zero lead and Craig Kimbrel on the mound as I used to be tonight.”
Javier Báez homered within the first inning and Willson Contreras added a two-run shot within the sixth for the Cubs, who fortunately celebrated the franchise’s first no-hitter since final Sept. 13, when Alec Mills blanked Milwaukee.
The seventh no-hitter of this extremely uncommon season was the primary since May 19. The Boston Red Sox additionally took a bid for a mixed no-hitter into the eighth inning earlier Thursday, however misplaced the no-no and the sport at Tampa Bay.
With this no-hitter — the 312th in baseball historical past — 2021 matches 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015 for probably the most in a single MLB season since 1900. That’s one shy of the record eight in 1884, the primary season overhand pitching was allowed.
“This is an superior second,” Davies mentioned. “The World Series, I believe one thing like that most likely tops it. But regardless that it wasn’t solo and it was a mixed effort, being part of historical past is one thing particular.”
Davies mentioned every of his three relievers claimed that they had no concept they have been engaged on a mixed no-hitter till after they threw their respective innings.
“I believe each pitcher desires to proceed within the activity, no matter his pitch rely, however it labored,” Davies mentioned. “Chafe, Tep and Craig shut the door. Part of historical past. I’m excited for the fellows that have been on the sector. I can’t complain in any respect.”
The Cubs truly did one thing that’s been a lot tougher than throwing a no-hitter over the previous two seasons: They beat Walker Buehler, who hadn’t misplaced in 23 straight regular-season begins.
Buehler took his first loss since Sept. 21, 2019, for the Dodgers regardless of throwing six innings of five-hit ball. Buehler made it by way of six innings for the 17th straight begin, however misplaced his streak of 30 straight video games general with out a defeat.
One evening after getting swept by the San Diego Padres for the primary time since 2013, the Dodgers have been overmatched in opposition to the Cubs, who additionally swept a three-game collection from Los Angeles final month.
The Dodgers hadn’t been no-hit since Aug. 30, 2015, after they have been blanked in Chavez Ravine by the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta — who’s scheduled to pitch for Chicago on Friday evening.
Davies bounced again sharply after yielding a career-high eight runs in his final begin in opposition to Miami. Those eight runs matched the quantity he had allowed in his earlier six begins mixed, and he regained his glorious type at Dodger Stadium.
Davies nonetheless had management points in Chavez Ravine, nevertheless. He walked two batters within the first earlier than getting Pujols to floor out to finish the inning.
He walked the leadoff batter within the third and fourth, however averted another bother. The fifth inning was his first 1-2-Three body, and he retired the Dodgers so as within the sixth as nicely.
The Dodgers acquired closest to a success within the first inning when Taylor’s line drive to heart was caught by Rafael Ortega.
Davies has by no means thrown an entire activity in his seven-year main league profession, which started with 5 seasons in Milwaukee earlier than he moved to San Diego final 12 months.
Tepera, the busiest reliever in Chicago’s stable bullpen, walked Gavin Lux with two outs within the seventh. Austin Barnes lined out to second to finish one other hitless inning.
Chafin walked Mookie Betts with one out, however Max Muncy hit a grounder proper to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who stepped on the bag and threw to second for a simple double play.
The earlier mixed no-hitter within the majors was Aug. 3, 2019, when Aaron Sanchez and three Houston relievers blanked Seattle 9-0.
Buehler (7-1) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning final Saturday in Arizona, the place he tied the Dodgers’ franchise record for consecutive regular-season begins with out a loss. He made it by way of six innings Thursday for the 15th time this season, however he has nonetheless by no means crushed the Cubs.
Báez adopted his 17th homer of the season by cupping his hand to his ear as he returned to the Chicago dugout, getting a loud refrain of jeers together with cheers from the Cubs’ sizable fan contingent in Los Angeles. Buehler recovered and stayed out of bother till the sixth, when Contreras took him deep.
Chicago added one other run within the seventh when Jason Heyward singled and scored on Jake Marisnick’s single off David Price.