Flashback #78: Zambrano Throws A No-Hitter (2008)
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September 14, 2008 – Carlos Zambrano throws a no-hitter
Carlos Zambrano, the at-times erratic pitcher, found nine innings of solace.
In a make-up game against the Astros — played at Miller Park in Milwaukee due to the hurricane that ravaged Houston — Zambrano tossed the Cubs’ first no-hitter in 36 years.
The right-hander became the first Cub to throw a no-hitter since Milt Pappas on Sept. 2, 1972. Zambrano used just 110 pitches, and only two balls left the infield during the entire game.
“Pretty exciting stuff,” manager Lou Piniella said after the game. “Just a great game by Carlos. He had that good fastball from the first pitch all the way till the end, mixed in some sliders, split-fingers, and beat a team that’s really been hot.
“I’m really proud of him. We were talking before the ballgame about 90 pitches, but I told Alan [Trammell], ‘If he’s got to come out of the game, you go get him. I’m not.’ ”
Zambrano had the Astros exactly where he wanted them all game long, as Houston had nothing even close to a hit.
Even in the ninth inning, Zambrano was still rolling as he got Humberto Quintero to ground out to shortstop Ryan Theriot on the first pitch. Next up was pinch-hitter Jose Castillo, who followed with another grounder to short. Zambrano then got Darin Erstad to chase a ball for strike three.
Big Z added 10 strikeouts to just one walk to complete the no-hitter.
Check out this video from the no-hitter.
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