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On this day in 2016: Jake Arrieta twirls second no-hitter

3 years agoTony Andracki

Five years ago, the Cubs embarked on a historic journey that will go down as one of the most impactful seasons in professional sports.

Throughout 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from the incredible 2016 campaign.

Next up: Arrieta’s second no-no

You know it was a special day when the Cubs win 16-0 and nobody even remembers the offensive performance.

Jake Arrieta threw his second no-hitter against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on April 21, 2016 — in his 10th regular season start after his first historic outing.

Arrieta blanked the Dodgers on Aug. 30, 2015 and here he was a few months later turning the same trick against the Reds. That caught even him by surprise.

“I never thought I’d do it again, let alone 10 or however many starts later,” Arrieta said on “Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster” on Marquee Sports Network last year.

Arrieta needed 119 pitches to dispatch the Reds, striking out 6 and walking 4. He also chipped in at the plate with a pair of hits, a walk and a run scored.

This was also the first no-hitter David Ross caught in his career and he celebrated with a huge bear hug of Arrieta on the mound.

The Cubs offense made Arrieta’s job easy by building an early 4-0 lead and then tacked on more as the game went along. Kris Bryant hit a pair of homers and Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo and Ross also went yard. Bryant drove in 6 runs and scored 4 while Rizzo and Zobrist each tallied 3 RBI.

With the win, Arrieta improved to 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA on the 2016 season as he got out to a red-hot start following his 2015 Cy Young campaign.

Fun facts

—In the win, the Cubs improved to 17-0 in Arrieta’s last 17 regular season starts (dating back to the end of 2015). He was 15-0 with a 0.65 ERA and 0.67 WHIP during this span.

—This also marked Arrieta’s 24th straight regular season quality start, becoming the first Major League Baseball pitcher to accomplish that since Bob Gibson’s run of 26 straight quality starts from 1967-68.

—Arrieta had the third-fewest starts between no-hitters in baseball history. Only Johnny Vander Meer (zero) and Warren Spahn (five) had fewer than Arrieta’s nine starts between no-nos.

—Arrieta became the 8th pitcher to have a no-hitter in consecutive seasons.

—At 39 years, 33 days, Ross was the oldest starting catcher for a no-hitter since Sept. 18, 1903 when 42-year-old Chief Zimmer was behind the plate for Chick Fraser’s no-hitter of the Cubs.

—According to Inside Edge, Arrieta threw 79 fastballs against the Reds. He also threw 23 sliders, 14 curveballs and 3 changeups. He averaged 94 mph with his fastball on the evening.

—Arrieta induced 11 groundouts, 4 lineouts, 4 flyouts and 6 whiffs in the masterpiece. There was also a double play and Eugenio Suarez was picked off 1st base by Ross.

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