It is the seventh no-hitter in baseball this season, probably the most ever earlier than July 1 and tied for probably the most in a season since 1900, when the trendy period started.
The twist on Thursday evening’s no-hitter is that the three relievers who completed the sport, after starter Zach Davies got here out after six innings, did not know the Dodgers had been hitless till after they pitched.
“The entire bullpen had no concept,” lefty Andrew Chafin mentioned afterward. “It was fully oblivious. In our protection, from that bullpen, our perspective on the sphere, all we will see is like batting averages and the rely and stuff like that.”
Davies pitched the primary six innings with out giving up a success however was pulled for a pinch hitter within the high of the seventh inning after 94 pitches. His pitch rely was just too excessive to finish what he began, supervisor David Ross mentioned.
“The arduous half is taking out a man that hasn’t given up a success,” Ross mentioned. “I did not see him going 9 for positive.”
Righty Ryan Tepera pitched a clear seventh inning earlier than Chafin did the identical within the eighth. After strolling the leadoff hitter within the ninth, nearer Craig Kimbrel completed off the seventeenth no-hitter in Cubs’ historical past, hanging out Cody Bellinger, Albert Pujols and pinch hitter Will Smith.
Kimbrel additionally did not know what the Cubs simply completed.
“When Willy gave a giant fist pump I knew one thing was up,” Kimbrel mentioned, referring to catcher Willson Contreras. “Then Tepera ran on the market and whispered in my ear and was like, ‘You haven’t any concept what occurred.’ Then Javy [Baez] put me in a headlock, and I knew fairly quick what occurred.”
Kimbrel mentioned the variety of walks contributed to the confusion within the bullpen.
“There was a whole lot of site visitors on the bases,” Kimbrel mentioned. “When there’s a whole lot of site visitors on the bases you do not assume they’re all walks. You sort of determine one among them is a single or one thing like that.”
Davies went into the sport with a 4.66 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. He walked 5 batters within the first 4 innings however stranded all of them. He set the Dodgers down so as over his ultimate two innings.
The Dodgers had been no-hit for the twentieth time in franchise historical past, probably the most in main league historical past. It is the sixth time up to now 50 years a defending World Sequence champion has been no-hit. It is the primary time the Dodgers had been no-hit because the Cubs did it to them in 2015 with Jake Arrieta on the mound. He begins towards them on Friday.
Tepera was requested if maybe it was a very good factor not one of the relievers knew what was at stake.
“It is arduous to say, however yeah,” he mentioned. “It labored out for the perfect.”