Cubs’ Alec Mills throws first no-hitter vs. Brewers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills thrown a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 12-0 on Sunday.

The no-hitter was the 16th in team history. Mills no-hitter was the Cubs first since Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in April 2016.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills is swarmed by his teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers
Alec Mills is swarmed by his teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers (Photo by the Associated Press/Morry Gash)

His story is very interesting, as one-point Mills was not even playing baseball. He told the coach at University of Tennessee at Martin that he could pitch, then he was offered a tryout.

Now, he has persevered into throwing a no-hitter at the Major League level.

“I’m just proud to be that person that can tell you to never give up,” Mills said. “Never stop playing. Never let people tell you what you can and can’t do and just keep persevering.”

Mills was acquired by the Cubs in Feb. 2017 in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. He was acquired for minor league prospect Donnie Dewees.

The Cubs are the only team in MLB history to have multiple no-hitters by 12+ runs. When Arrieta defeated the Reds, the Cubs won the contest 16-0.

Manager David Ross was the catcher for Arrieta’s no-hitter. On Sunday, he was in his first-year as the Cubs bench leader.

“The one thing that stands out to me about Alec,” Cubs manager David Ross said, “is that no matter what situation I put him in this year, he’s answered the expectations that we have for him.”

The Cubs now have two no-hitters at Miller Park. The other no-hitter came on Sept. 14, 2008 when Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter against the Houston Astros.

Due to Hurricane Ike, the series between the Cubs and the Astros were moved to Miller Park.

Mills reportedly told catcher Victor Caratini that he was not comfortable throwing his four-seamer during the game. The duo decided to throw more curve balls than normal.

“I thought the slow curveball was a really good pitch for him,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He threw good strikes with that pitch. He mixed in his fastball enough and enough movement on it that he kept us off the barrel for the most part.

“You congratulate him, obviously. He pitched a great game.”

Cubs no-hitters:

  1. Larry Corcoran: Aug. 19, 1880
  2. Larry Corcoran: Sept. 20, 1882
  3. Larry Corcoran: June 27, 1884
  4. John Clarkson: July 27, 1885
  5. Walter Thornton: Aug. 21, 1898
  6. Jimmy Lavender: Aug. 31, 1915
  7. Sam Jones: May 12, 1955
  8. Don Cardwell: May 15, 1960
  9. Ken Holtzman: Aug. 19, 1969
  10. Ken Holtzman: June 3, 1971
  11. Burt Hooton, April 16, 1972
  12. Milt Pappas, Sept. 2, 1972
  13. Carlos Zambrano, Sept. 14, 2008
  14. Jake Arrieta, Aug. 30, 2015
  15. Jake Arrieta, April 21, 2016
  16. Alec Mills, Sept. 13, 2020

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