Update (10:00 PM EDT): It’s over. Ben Zobrist led off the top of the eighth inning with a double on the first pitch he saw from Anderson.
Update (9:52 PM EDT): Anderson got through the seventh with little effort, throwing only 10 pitches. He got Jason Heyward to pop out to third base, Kris Bryant to fly out to right, and Anthony Rizzo to strike out looking. Two more innings to go for the no-no.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson has held the Cubs hitless through six innings at Miller Park on Tuesday night. The right-hander has walked one and struck out five on 77 pitches.
If Anderson is able to complete the no-hitter, he would be the first Brewer to throw a no-no since Juan Nieves against the Orioles on April 15, 1987. It would be the second no-hitter of the season, as Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds last month. The Cubs were last victims of a no-hitter on July 25 last year against Cole Hamels, then with the Phillies.
The Brewers have provided Anderson with four runs of support. Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run off of Kyle Hendricks in the fourth inning. Then, in the sixth, Ryan Braun hit an opposite-field RBI single and Chris Davis laced a two-run double to right-center, ending Kyle Hendricks’ evening.
We’ll keep you updated as Anderson attempts to complete the no-hitter. It portends to be a tough task, as the Cubs entered the game with the league’s best offense, averaging 5.94 runs per game.