MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills has completed seven hitless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mills has walked three Sunday and hasn’t let a runner past first base. He’s struck out four and thrown 85 pitches.
The 28-year-old right-hander has been rounding into form for Chicago. He pitched six shutout innings in his previous start Tuesday against Cincinnati. He entered Sunday 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA this season.
Avisail Garcia has nearly gotten to Mills twice. He hit a hard liner to right to lead off the Brewers’ first and nearly legged out an infield hit to short for the final out of the sixth. He crossed first and immediately called to the Brewers dugout for a review, but after a very brief stoppage, the Brewers opted not to challenge.
Mills now has Chicago’s longest no-hit bid this season. Rotation mate Yu Darvish completed 6 1/3 hitless innings against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Aug. 13 before allowing a homer to Justin Smoak.
The Cubs led 10-0 after scoring five unearned runs in the fourth. Neither team had a hit through three innings.
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has thrown the only no-hitter at Miller Park, against the Houston Astros on Sept. 14, 2008. The Cubs played the Astros in Milwaukee because of damage in the Houston area from Hurricane Ike.
Chicago’s last no-hitter was thrown by Jake Arrieta on April 21, 2016 against the Reds.
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