6/30 Cubs 2, Red Sox 0
In his previous start, Jake Arrieta threw six perfect innings against the Reds. On Monday, Arrieta threw nearly eight no-hit innings against the Red Sox. He combined with two other pitchers on a two-hitter in a 2-0 Cubs win.
It was quite the night at Fenway Park.
* Cubs pitchers Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined to allow three base runners. It’s the fewest in a game since giving up two hits and one walk in a 2-0 victory on July 23, 2012, at Pittsburgh. It’s the fewest hits given up in a game this season and fewest since the Cardinals totaled two hits off the Cubs on Aug. 16, 2013.
* Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, his second straight start with a no-no through at least six innings. He is the first Cubs pitcher since at least 1974 to carry a no-hitter through six innings in back to back starts. The last big league pitcher to do so was Toronto’s Dave Stieb on June 24 and June 30, 1988.
* Arrieta’s 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball were the longest by a Cubs pitcher since Ted Lilly worked eight no-hit innings on June 13, 2010, against the White Sox.
* With Arrieta’s 10 strikeouts Monday, he now has recorded at least nine K’s in four straight starts. It matches the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since at least 1914. Kerry Wood did so from July 24-Aug. 11, 2003; and Rich HArden did so from July 12-31, 2008.
* Arrieta has given up two runs or less in six straight starts, and has a 0.92 ERA over that stretch. It’s the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher this season, and longest since Matt Garza also accomplished the feat in six straight from June 16-July 13, 2013.
* Who threw the last no-hitter against the Red Sox? It was Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio when he pitched for the Mariners.