Stats of the Day: Arrieta joins elite no-no company
Cubs right-hander just third pitcher in club history with multiple no-hitters
By Roger Schlueter
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Thursday …
• Jake Arrieta kept the Reds out of the runs and hits columns to become the first pitcher to record a no-hitter in 2016. The Cubs right-hander, whose first no-hitter came against the Dodgers last Aug. 30, became the third pitcher in franchise history to have multiple no-nos, joining Larry Corcoran, who had three (one each in 1880, '82 and '84), and Ken Holtzman (1969 and '71). Arrieta is the 33rd pitcher in MLB history with multiple no-hitters, and he's the 16th to have at least two as a National League hurler. Only Sandy Koufax (four) and Corcoran (three) have had more in the NL.
• In Atlanta, Clayton Kershaw allowed one run in eight innings and fanned 10 but came away with just a no-decision, as the Dodgers needed 10 innings to defeat the Braves, 2-1. Among all live-ball era hurlers with at least 100 road starts through their first nine seasons, Kershaw's 2.80 road ERA stands as the sixth lowest behind only Tom Seaver (2.46), Roger Clemens (2.68), Fergie Jenkins (2.75), Pedro Martinez (2.76) and Juan Marichal (2.78).
• Manny Machado doubled in the go-ahead run in the Orioles' 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Machado, who has 12 extra-base hits in Baltimore's 14 games this year, owns 190 career extra-base knocks in 2,044 plate appearances for an extra-base-hit percentage of 9.30. If he can keep his career rate above nine percent through the end of the season, he will be one of eight infielders to have at least 2,000 plate appearances through his age-23 season with an extra-base-hit percentage of at least nine.
• Mike Trout homered, singled and drew two walks in the Angels' 3-2 win over the White Sox. Trout is 24 years and 259 days old, and this most recent performance marked the 52nd time in his career he had reached safely at least four times. Dating back to 1913, he is one of nine players to have at least that many four-hit games before his 25th birthday.
• Bryce Harper connected for his eighth homer in the Nationals' 5-1 loss to the Marlins. Harper has hit 23 career homers in March/April, which are the most for any player through his age-23 season.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.