No. 2: April 21, 2016 — Jake Arrieta throws second career no-no vs Reds
Early on, the Chicago Cubs were red-hot and seemed unstoppable. After opening up the first month of the campaign with an impressive 11-4 record, the North Siders traveled to Cincinnati.
Not only was Arrieta’s second career no-hitter impressive but the fact that the Cubs scored 16 in the process was an eye-opener. Together with Arrieta, Chicago put the rest of the league on notice with their dominating performance.
As a matter of fact, this game showed just how great the Cubs were going to be throughout the regular season. Minus a few bumps in the road but hey, you can’t win them all, right? Jake’s big night in Cincinnati just so happened to be equally important for David Ross.
It was the first time in big league history where Ross caught a no-hitter. Last year, Jake threw his first against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ross was with his family at the time and kept track of the game on his phone.
Alright, so Arrieta cruised through this game aside from issuing four walks. However, he struck out six while lowering his earned run average to 0.87 in the process. Chicago backed him up with four home runs that night — two from Bryant, and one from Ross, Rizzo, and Ben Zobrist.
Surely, Jake’s best performance of the regular season. And one that we will never forget.