Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, returning from a recent bout of rotator cuff soreness to shut down the Houston Astros 5-0 Sunday night in a game relocated because of Hurricane Ike.
People always talk about guys having no-hit potential yet somehow they never get it. That’s not a knock…just shows how hard it really is. Carlos Zambrano is always talked about in that manner….well after a bunch of close calls he finally got it done. Allows 1 walk and gets 10 strikeouts in a truly dominating performance under the strangest of circumstances. This was a Cubs/Astros game played in Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike. A crazy amount of Cubs fans made the trip and turned it into a Cubs home game.
Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully referred to is as the “Rarest of rare” in the top of the 9th with 2 outs. Why such a distinction? The Angels as a pitching staff were pitching a no-hitter. Weaver went 6 innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the 7th having thrown 97 pitches. Arredondo came in and pitched 2 more no-hit innings. This led to the 9th inning as the Angles were down 1-0 not having allowed a hit all game. Here is how the 9th went:
– T. Hunter struck out swinging – C. Kotchman grounded out to second – H. Kendrick doubled to left – M. Napoli walked – R. Willits hit for J. Arredondo – R. Willits struck out swinging
0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors LA Angels 0, LA Dodgers 1
“Rarest of rare” indeed. I have never seen anything like this. I believe this is the 4th or 5th this has happened in MLB history. I’ll list the other ones as soon as I can find it. If someone else finds it first please post it here with a link. Thanks.
Congratulations to Jon Lester who just moments ago finished off the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history. He allowed just 2 walks and was dominating throughout. Gotta love sports. A year ago he’s fighting cancer. Then goes on to get the win in the World Series clinching game last year and now a no-hitter. Good stuff. Interesting note….4 out of the last 6 American League no-hitters have come courtesy of the Red Sox.