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Jake Arrieta holds the Reds hitless for second career no-hitter

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Update #4 (10:07 PM EST): Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to lead off the ninth inning. He bounced back, getting Tucker Barnhart to pop out to shortstop Addison Russell and Zack Cozart to line out softly to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Finally, Eugenio Suarez popped up to Jason Heyward in shallow right field. Arrieta threw 119 pitches, walking four and striking out six. He went 2-for-4 with two singles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored at the plate.

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Update #3 (9:57 PM EST): Matt Szczur made it a 14-0 game with a bases loaded RBI single in the top of the ninth. Zobrist then brought in two runs with a single to left field, pushing the lead to 16-0. If Arrieta can get the final three outs, he would complete the most lopsided no-hitter in the modern era. Pud Galvin of the Buffalo Bisons completed the most lopsided no-hitter ever, in 1884, in an 18-0 win over the Detroit Wolverines.

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Update #2 (9:42 PM EST): Arrieta set the Reds down 1-2-3 again in the eighth. He’s at 103 pitches. One inning left.

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Update (9:29 PM EST): Bryant hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to erase any doubt that Arrieta might not get the W. Arrieta got through the seventh inning quite with ease. He has two innings left to complete the no-hitter and he’s at 93 pitches.

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has left the Reds hitless through six innings at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night. The right-hander is at 74 pitches, having walked two and struck out four.

The Cubs have provided Arrieta with plenty of run support. Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning, then Ben Zobrist drilled a solo shot in the second followed by a Dexter Fowler RBI ground out. Arrieta helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. David Ross slugged a solo dinger in the sixth and Anthony Rizzo put the game way out of reach with a three-run home run later that inning.

We’ll keep you updated as Arrieta attempts to hold the Reds hitless through the final three innings. He has already notched a no-hitter, having done so on August 30 last year against the Dodgers.

The Reds were last no-hit in the 2010 NLDS by the Phillies’ Roy Halladay. The last time they were no-hit in the regular season was by the Phillies’ Rick Wise in 1971.

Arrieta entered Thursday’s start having thrown 23 consecutive quality starts.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.