Arrieta No-Hits Reds, Cubs Pounce For 16-0 Victory
Cubs right hander is on an amazing stretch of starts.
On Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta recorded his second No-Hitter in 11 regular season starts, as the Cubs offense exploded for 16 runs on 18 hits in the 16-0 blowout over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The last no-hitter for Arrieta came on August 30 in a 2-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dating back to August 4, 2015, Arrieta is 15-0, with one no decision, three 2-hitters, one 1-hitter and two no-hitters. Just an impressive stretch for the Cubs righter hander, who broke out with a 22-win, Cy Young season in 2015, after five mediocre years in the bigs.
Against the Reds, the Cubs offense also went to work early with the first two runs of the game in the first inning on Kris Bryant‘s two-run jack for his third on the season.
In the top of the second, Ben Zobrist, who has struggled so far in the young season, batting just .212 before the game, hit his first home run on the season, finishing the game 3 for 5, with a double, home run and three RBIs. The Cubs added another run in that frame on a Dexter Fowler ground out scoring David Ross from third.
Arrieta joined the hitting party in the top of the fourth when he singled home Ross to put the Cubs up 5-0. Arrieta finished at the plate 2 for 4, with a run scored, a walk, and an RBI.
Ross started a four run rally in the sixth, with his first home run on the season, and five batters later, Anthony Rizzo launched a three-run bomb to extend the lead to 9-0.
The Cubbies offense was not done yet, as they added four more in the seventh, highlighted by Bryant’s second bomb in the game, this time a grand slam.
In the ninth, Chicago added three runs on a Matt Szczur RBI’s single, and Zobrist’s two-RBI double to cap off a 16-0 shellacking of the Reds pitching staff.
With the win, the Cubs improve their record to 12-4 and the Reds drop to .500 at 8-8.
Arrieta used 119 pitches, throwing 71 for strikes in his dominating performance.
Dexter Fowler – 2 for 5, 3 R, Double, RBI
Jason Heyward – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB
Kris Bryant – 4 for 6, 4 R, 2 – HR (1 GS), 6 RBI
Anthony Rizzo – 1 for 6, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Ben Zobrist – 3 for 5, R, Double, HR, 3 RBI
David Ross – 2 for 4, 3 R, HR, RBI
Jake Arrieta – 2 for 4, R
Jake Arrieta (W, 4-0) – 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K
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