Top 10 Games of 2020: Alec Mills no-hits the Brewers
The 2020 Cubs season may have been shorter than normal, but it was packed with huge moments and thrilling games.
Marquee Sports Network counted down the Top 10 Games of 2020 presented by DraftKings with new commentary and more in-depth analysis. The No. 1 game of the season — Cubs vs. Brewers from September 13.
No. 1 – Cubs vs. Brewers (Sept. 13)
The Cubs followed up their biggest win of the season with the biggest moment of the year — and it came from the unlikeliest of sources.
After a thrilling, come-from-behind win, Alec Mills provided the biggest moment of the 2020 season for the Cubs, throwing the 16th no-hitter in Cubs history as the Cubs beat the Brewers 12-0. The former college walk-on was stellar, shutting down the Brewers and allowing just 3 baserunners — walking Keston Hiura, Daniel Vogelbach and Ben Gamel.
“I don’t really know what to say,” Mills said after the game. “I think it’s hitting me now. Just very overwhelmed. Obviously, a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing and I’ll always remember it.”
Mills attacked the Milwaukee hitters, notching first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 30 hitters he faced. He threw 114 pitches, 74 of them for strikes. It was the first no-hitter for the Cubs since Jake Arrieta threw one in 2016 against the Reds.
Mills was known for his even-keel demeanor. He never got too high after a good performance or too low after a bad one. That was tough to do in this game.
“I can promise you it was not a small heartbeat,” Mills said. “Kinda had to take a seat and calm myself down. Actually, went into my locker in between 8th and 9th inning. It was tough. I had to take a lot of deep breaths.”
With 2 outs in the 9th, Jace Peterson hit a grounder to Javy Báez who let out a scream of joy as he fielded the ball and whipped it to first to complete the no-hitter.
Jason Heyward showed his team-first mentality in riding with Mills during the game.
“Don’t take him out till Millsy comes out,” Heyward told David Ross.
The Cubs offense supported Mills’ dominance with 5 runs in the 4th and 4 runs in the 5th. The 5th inning included a 2-run sacrifice fly from Jason Kipnis.
Báez tagged up from second to third on the fly ball and then darted home to score. It was a strange play, one that Brewers manager Craig Counsell protested and was later ejected for.
“There’s no fans and you can hear everything,” Báez said after the game. “They were just saying, ‘Check second, check second.’ And [Brewers third baseman Eric Sogard] just turned his back on me. I was making sure he was releasing the ball and when I faced towards the catcher, he wasn’t even at the plate, so that’s when I knew I had it.”
Alec Mills’ final out to secure no-hitter
Alec Mills’ game montage
Alec Mills’ postgame interview