CINCINNATI -- Twice in 20 days during the 1971 season, the Reds were on the wrong end of a no-hitter. With a streak of 7,109 regular-season games, they went nearly 45 years without it happening to them again. Until Thursday.
Jake Arrieta dealt the Reds a no-hitter while the Cubs buried them for a 16-0 loss at Great American Ball Park. It was the first regular-season no-hitter vs. Cincinnati since Rick Wise and the Phillies did it on June 23, 1971, at Riverfront Stadium.
"It's tough. We got dominated," Reds right fielder Jay Bruce said. "It's the most dominating baseball game I've ever been a part of. Obviously, he was great. We weren't. The news and the talking points are the no-hitter and all the runs scored. But at the end of the day, we lost a game. We just have to keep going. Nothing we can do about it now."
Arrieta isn't the first Cubs pitcher to no-hit the Reds. Just under three weeks prior to Wise's no-no, Ken Holtzman did it on June 3, 1971 -- also at Riverfront Stadium. Hippo Vaughn did it to them on May 2, 1917, in Chicago.
Bruce is actually one of the few Reds still with the club after it was no-hit in the postseason. Roy Halladay of the Phillies was one walk allowed from a perfect game in a 4-0 win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Oct. 6, 2010, at Citizens Bank Park.
Arietta threw 119 pitches (71 for strikes) over his nine innings, with four walks and six strikeouts. The only time a Cincinnati baserunner reached second base was in the ninth inning. Scott Schebler drew a leadoff walk and took second base on defensive indifference.
"I don't know, as a position player, you never sense [a no-hitter]. Probably eighth inning, you start noticing," Schebler said.
The Reds were also on the wrong end of history in another way. The 16-run margin was the largest in a no-hitter during the modern era, surpassing the 15-0 win Frank Smith of the White Sox had over the Tigers on Sept. 6, 1905.
A bigger gap came in the 19th century, however, when Pud Galvin's no-hitter on Aug. 4, 1884, for the Buffalo Bisons at the Detroit Wolverines came during an 18-0 win.
"It's miserable. Guys will tell you the same," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "As good as Arrieta is tonight, nobody wants to be embarrassed, nobody wants to be no-hit, nobody wants to be a part of giving up 16 runs. It just wasn't a game that anybody's going to look back on and say there was any redeeming values or qualities or that anything positive came out of that ballgame for our club, other than hoping to forget about it as soon as possible. Or maybe more importantly, remember it and use it as a motivating force. There just wasn't anything good to pull out of that game."
Seven of Arrieta's first 12 outs came via ground balls. Two were nearly hits. In the third inning, Zack Cozart hit a sharp grounder near the third-base line. Kris Bryant made a nice backhanded stab and threw a two-hopper for the out at first base. Anthony Rizzo made a diving stop to his right on a Joey Votto ground ball in the fourth and threw to Arrieta covering first base for the out.
"I think we had a really nice approach," Price said. "And then we forced him to have to throw more pitches over the plate, and his stuff's good enough and we weren't able to get anything going at all. He's a very good pitcher. He's an outstanding pitcher. He was more vulnerable the first five innings than the last four. That's when he really locked in."
On the other side, Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan gave up five earned runs on seven hits -- two for homers -- over four innings.
"He had a great season last year. He's having another good one this year," Finnegan said of Arrieta. "My job is to go out there and keep us in the game. I didn't do that today."
Following Schebler's walk in the ninth, pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart popped out to short, Cozart flied out to center field and Eugenio Suarez made the final out with a fly ball to right fielder Jason Heyward to complete the dubious history for Cincinnati.
The A's now have the longest active streak of 3,913 games without being no-hit. They were dealt a combined no-hitter vs. the Orioles on July 13, 1991.
"It only counts as one. It's literally one win, that's it," Schebler said. "If we come back tomorrow and win one, guess what? We're even on this series. Even if that happens tonight, it doesn't matter. It's one win. That's what we have to concentrate on."
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.