U Chicago Cubs he threw his first unbeaten streak in franchise history Thursday as four pitchers stymied the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 4-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.
He is the seventh non-hitter of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, the most ever before July 1 and tied for the most in a single season.
Zach Davies started the game and was released after six innings and 94 pitches. Cubs manager David Ross said his pitch number was too high to leave him in the game.
“The hard part is getting rid of a guy who hasn’t given up on a hit,” Ross said, according to him Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “I didn’t see him go nine for sure.”
Ryan Tepera came on for the seventh inning, allowing just one pass before Andrew Chafin picked up in the eighth. Craig Kimbrel then finished the 17th game in Cubs history in the ninth inning by striking out the side.
Chafin said after the game that none of the Cubs allies knew the Dodgers were undefeated when they came in to pitch.
“All the bullpen had no idea,” Chafin said. “He was completely unconscious. In our defense, from that bullpen, our perspective on the field, all we can see is like the batting average and the count and things like that.”
Kimbrel added that he did not know what had been done because there was a lot of traffic on the bases throughout the game. The Cubs walked eight batters, the most in a league since 2010.
“There was a lot of traffic on the bases,” Kimbrel said. “When there’s a lot of traffic on the bases don’t assume they’re all walking. The kind of figure one of them has is a sole or something like that.”
Thursday’s game marked the first time the Dodgers haven’t been hit since 2015, and it was the 20th time in the franchise’s history, the longest in MLB history.