The Cubs’ Alec Mills has recorded the second no-hitter of the season, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out 5 and walked 3 on 114 pitches as the Cubs demolished the Brewers 12-0.
It was the 305th no-hitter in MLB history. It’s the second of this pandemic-shortened season. There was one each in 2016 and 2017, and none in 2000. Speaking of 2016, that was the last no-hitter by a Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta. The catcher that night is the manager now—David Ross. It’s the 11th time someone has both caught and managed a no-hitter, for what it’s worth.
For Alec Mills, it was his 15th career start. It was his 25th game appearance for the Cubs in his third season in the Cubs organization. It was his first complete game. He was once a walk-on for the University of Tennessee-Martin. He was drafted by the KC Royals in 2012, got a cup of coffee with them in 2016, appearing in 3 games, then got DFA’d in 2017. When I googled Alec Mills to get a pic for the featured image, the pictures I saw were not of ball players. When I added baseball to Alec Mills for the image search, the first two pictures were little leaguers. To describe him as an unlikely suspect to hurl a no-no would be an understatement. Congratulations to him on the accomplishment!