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The Cubs bullpen had no idea they were putting the finishing touches on the franchise’s first combined no-hitter on Thursday night vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Starter Zach Davies pitched six innings of no-hit ball before giving way to the bullpen after 94 pitches. His five walks on the evening and relatively early exit definitely contributed to Chafin and Kimbrel not knowing they combined to throw a no-hitter. They pitched a hitless eighth and ninth inning, respectively. Ryan Tepera, who pitched the seventh, let them know what happened later.
Sometimes. you don’t have a clue you are part of history until shortly after everything happens.
Chicago Cubs bullpen had no idea it was part of a no-hit bid on Thursday night
With this win, the Cubs stay tied atop the NL Central standings with the Milwaukee Brewers at 42-33 on the year. While Kimbrel had been on the trading block earlier in the season, he is pitching at an elite level on a team that has every bit the talent to go out and win the NL pennant.
Fun fact, the Cubs have the last two no-hitters in the Dodgers park with Jake Arrieta pulling off the last one prior to Thursday night.
This is one of those victories that will carry a ton of weight within the Cubs clubhouse for a while. It took a total team effort to shut out the Dodgers 4-0 in a no-hit bid. Los Angeles has one of the better lineups in all of baseball and the Cubs found a way to hold them hitless throughout nine frames. Chafin and Kimbrel not knowing what happened made the whole spectacle even better.