In a day encapsulated by the first NFL Sunday of the 2020 season, a baseball story might be the most feel-good story of the day.
Alec Mills has thrown a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs.
Mills and the Cubs were in Milwaukee Sunday to face the Brewers in an NL Central division showdown. Mills was on the bump for the Cubs, and came into the game making just his 15th MLB start.
Throughout the course of the game, Mills was cruising from start to finish. He threw 114 pitches, 74 of them for strikes. He stuck out five and walked three. But the most important stat of all: he did not allow a hit.
His five strikeouts are the fewest in a Cubs no-hitter since Ken Holtzman in 1969. It was Mills’ first career complete game and the 16th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history. It also marks the first time that both teams in Chicago have had a no-hitter in the same season (Lucas Giolito of the White Sox threw one on Aug. 25).
Mills is 28 years old and was a 22nd round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2012. Prior to this season, he had not made a starting rotation out of spring training or completed a full major league season. He cracked the Cubs rotation due to an injury to Jose Quintana. Before that, he couldn’t even get a college scholarship.
Mills was a walk-on a Tennessee-Martin.
What a story.
To quote the movie Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about baseball.”
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