Mills Throws No-No vs. Brew Crew
The Chicago Cubs took the rubber match of their season series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon by a whooping score of 12-0. With the win, the Cubs managed to even and finish their season record against the Brewers at 5 wins apiece. In the process though, it was Cubs starter, Alec Mills who was the story of the day. Mills threw a 114-pitch no-hitter that featured 3 walks and 5 strikeouts for the second no-hitter of the 2020 MLB season.
Mills spoke with the AP following the game and said, “It just hasn’t really hit me yet. It’s kind of crazy, I didn’t even know how to celebrate. Just something that all came together today. Obviously a memory I’ll have forever.” Mills’ performance comes almost a month after Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox threw his own no-hitter back on August 15th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This would also be the Cubs’ first no-hitter since Jake Arrieta’s gem in Cincinnati on April 21, 2016.
Offensively, the Cubs looked like a juggernaut on a day it took the Chicago Bears four quarters to get going over in Detroit in their NFL season opener. The Cubs broke the game open in the fifth inning behind a total of five runs. Only one of Chicago’s twelve runs came via the long ball behind the bat of David Bote, as the Cubs were able to score their other eleven runs playing “small ball,” with great base running and sound fundamentals.
With this win, the Cubs no longer have to play a team from St. Louis or Milwaukee for the remainder of the season, and currently lead the 2nd place St. Louis Cardinals by 4.0 games. The Cubs play a tough schedule these last two weeks as 8 of their final 12 games are against the top three teams in the AL Central (Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago), who are all vying for a division title and a higher seeding in the expanded postseason, while the remaining four games will be in Pittsburgh.
The Chicago Cubs (28-20) will next play host to the Cleveland Indians (26-21) on Tuesday 9/15 as Yu Darvish (7-2) 1.77 ERA will get the nod for the Cubs against Carlos Carrasco (2-4) 3.12 ERA for the visiting Indians.