Mills Tosses No-Hitter
Chicago Cubs right-hander Alec Mills threw a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
The Cubs won the game by a score of 12-0 to maintain their lead in the National League Central Division.
Mills was able to complete the no-hitter in 114 pitches in what was just his 15th career start in the Major Leagues. The 28-year-old struck out five batters while walking three men in the victory.
Cubs manager David Ross became the 11th person in Major League history to both catch a no-hitter and manage a team that threw one. Ross was behind the plate for Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.
Mills had little drama in the ninth inning as he got Jacob Nottingham to pop out, then struck out Tyrone Taylor. Jace Peterson then hit a ground ball to shortstop Javy Baez, who screamed in elation as he was fielding the ball.
The right-hander was able to generate just five swings and misses in the game on Sunday, and that tied the perfect game thrown in 2010 by Dallas Braden for the lowest total in a no-hit performance. Mills did not throw a pitch that was clocked at higher than 91 miles per hour in the victory.
Milwaukee had several chances to record a hit throughout the game, but the team went 0-for-11 on hard-hit balls against Mills. That tied the record for the most hard-hit balls in a no-hit performance since Statcast started tracking that stat in 2015.
The no-hitter thrown by Mills on Sunday was the 16th in franchise history and the first since the performance by Arrieta in 2016. Carlos Zambrano actually threw a no-hitter at Miller Park for the Cubs, but that game was against the Houston Astros in a contest that was moved to Milwaukee due to a hurricane in the Houston area.
Earlier this season, Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is the first time that both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox have thrown a no-hitter in the same season. The cubs are having quite the season, especially after tying up a lucrative partnership with DraftKings.
The Cubs are currently holding on to the third spot in the National League.
Long and Difficult Journey For Mills
Mills has endured a long and difficult journey to reach the Major Leagues and pitch in the starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs. Mills was not recruited out of high school and was forced to walk-on to the baseball team at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Mills had never had a complete game in the Major Leagues, and he entered his start on Sunday with an earned run average of over 5.00. The veteran has pitched in the starting rotation and out of the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs but has likely found a home with the team.
The Kansas City Royals selected Mills in the 22nd round in the 2012 June MLB amateur draft. Kansas City released Mills during the 2016 season, and he has spent the last three years in the Cubs organization.
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