Cubs starter Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter — the first of his six-year career — on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, and finished it off in impressive fashion, striking out the side in the ninth inning. They were three of the 12 strikeouts the right-hander recorded on the evening.
Watch Arrieta fan the veteran second baseman before celebrating:
Arrieta’s transformation from a busted Orioles prospect into the Cubs’ ace has been a sight to behold. He currently sports a 2.11 ERA and could sneak into the NL Cy Young race with a strong finish of his own and a stumble to the finish line on Zack Greinke’s part.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers on Sunday night, using 112 pitches to keep the opposition off the board in a 2-0 victory. He walked one and struck out 12, and with the strong start, he increased his major league win total to 17.
If things were tense in the ninth inning, Arrieta didn’t show it. He fanned the final three batters he faced, Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.
Arrieta’s gem is the sixth no-hitter this season. It’s the Cubs’ first no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano accomplished the feat on September 14, 2008. The Dodgers have been no-hit twice in the span of 9 days, as Mike Fiers kept them silent on August 21.
Arrieta, with an outside shot at the NL Cy Young Award, has a 2.11 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP and a 190/44 K/BB ratio in 183 innings.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the news:
The Cubs are planning to make Javier Baez part of their first wave of September call-ups.
“There’s a lot of things he can do to help you win right now,” manager Joe Maddon said Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Baez batted just .169/.227/.324 and racked up a whopping 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season for the Cubs, but he’s made great strides with his plate approach this year on the farm and he could slide his way into regular playing time in Chicago if he hits well out of the gate. Baez entered play Saturday with a .316/.380/.530 slash line, 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and 17 stolen bases through 67 games at Triple-A Iowa. And he hit a sixth-inning single on Saturday night against the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Giants to extend his current hitting streak to 15 games.
Baez is projected to get starts at third base, shortstop, and second base initially. He probably fits best at second, where Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella have been splitting time since Addison Russell was moved to short. Baez, 22, was ranked a top-10 prospect by MLB.com, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus ahead of the 2014 season. He’s been buried somewhat by some other younger Cubs who have graduated and been able to contribute right away, but the kid’s future still shines bright.