Cubs blank Dodgers, tie MLB season record

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 a minimum of one from every Cubs pitcher, however managed no different baserunners.

Davies (5-4) issued 5 walks and used 94 pitches to get by six innings in opposition to the defending World Series champions within the sixteenth 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 seventeenth no-hitter in Cubs historical past — the crew’s first mixed effort.

“I think they all needed to get a walk in, just to make my heart rate go up a little bit,” Cubs supervisor David Ross stated.

“You get to the ninth, I don’t know I’ve been as nervous in a long time with a 4-0 lead and Craig Kimbrel on the mound as I was tonight.”

Cubs starter Zach Davies and three relievers mixed to no-hit the Dodgers.
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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 essentially 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 awesome moment,” Davies stated. “The World Series, I think something like that probably tops it. But even though it wasn’t solo and it was a combined effort, being a part of history is something special.”

Davies stated every of his three relievers claimed that they had no concept they had been engaged on a mixed no-hitter till after they threw their respective innings.

“I think every pitcher wants to continue in the game, regardless of his pitch count, but it worked,” Davies stated. “Chafe, Tep and Craig shut the door. A part of history. I’m excited for the guys that were on the field. I can’t complain at all.”

The Cubs really did one thing that’s been a lot more durable 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 six innings for the seventeenth straight begin, however misplaced his streak of 30 straight video games total with no defeat.

One evening after getting swept by the San Diego Padres for the primary time since 2013, the Dodgers had 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, once they had 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 wonderful kind at Dodger Stadium.

Davies nonetheless had management points in Chavez Ravine, nonetheless. 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 every other bother. The fifth inning was his first 1-2-3 body, and he retired the Dodgers so as within the sixth as effectively.

The Dodgers acquired closest to successful within the first inning when Taylor’s line drive to middle was caught by Rafael Ortega.

Davies has by no means thrown a whole sport 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 strong 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 straightforward 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 no loss. He made it by six innings Thursday for the fifteenth time this season, however he has nonetheless by no means overwhelmed the Cubs.

Báez adopted his seventeenth 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.

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