There was never even a serious threat this time. Jake Arrieta calmly sliced his way through the Reds lineup for nine innings, and the defense behind him was lights out. It was a beautiful game on the field, and that would be enough to make this memorable, but it’s not all there is by far.
The Cubs combined for 16 unanswered runs. Kris Bryant went four-for-six with two home runs – one of them a grand slam. Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo, and David Ross also homered, and Arrieta, as if throwing his second no-hitter wasn’t enough, went two-for-four with a walk, and two singles.
David Ross caught Suarez with a nice pickoff move at first, and Anthony Rizzo made a couple of very nice stops, combining with Arrieta at first for the outs. A memorable outing, ending in an orange Gatorade bath that could not be more well-deserved.
Arrieta has stretched his quality start streak to 24, and added nothing to his ERA in this outing. He is 4-0 for the year, tying with Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox at the top of that list.
The Cubs are off to the kind of start that dreams are made of, 12-3, with the best record in baseball, the best team pitching stats in baseball, and scoring runs at a rate that has to be alarming to opposing pitchers.
Despite the no-hitter, the Dave & Gizmo’s Chicago Cubs Page Player of the Game (the award no one knows about) is a tie – going to Jake Arrieta for a truly dominant performance, and Kris “The Giant” Bryant for a two home run, grand slam, six-RBI performance at the plate. #Letsgo!