8:05 PM ET, September 14, 2008
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Zambrano masters Astros en route to first no-hitter for Cubs in 36 years
MILWAUKEE -- All the elements were in Carlos Zambrano's favor.Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, returning from a sore rotator cuff to shut down the Houston Astros 5-0 Sunday night in a game relocated because of Hurricane Ike.
No-Hitter Fast Facts
• There had never been a no-hitter thrown on Sept. 14, and Carlos Zambrano became the first pitcher whose last name starts with the letter Z to throw a no-no.
• Before Zambrano, the last no-hitter thrown in Milwaukee was by Steve Busby of the Royals against the Brewers in County Stadium on June 19, 1974. There has never been a no-hitter at Miller Park.
• Zambrano's previous longest hitless game was 7 2/3 innings against the D-backs on Aug. 22, 2003.
• Zambrano is the third pitcher from Venezuela to throw a no-hitter. Wilson Alvarez and Anibal Sanchez are the others.-- ESPN Research
The Mets have never had a no-hitter in their 46 seasons, and the Padres haven't had one in their 39. The Cubs had the longest drought since their last one, 36 years, followed by the Giants at 32. Here are the Cubs' no-hitters since 1900:
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It was fourth no-hitter against Houston and the first since Pittsburgh's Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combined for one in a 1-0 victory on July 12, 1997. San Francisco's Juan Marichal (1963) and Cincinnati's Jim Maloney (1969) also no-hit Houston. ... It was the first no-hitter in Milwaukee since Kansas City's Steve Busby beat the Brewers 2-0 in 1974.
Regular Season Series
|Houston leads 9-8 (as of Sun 9/14)|
|Fri 4/4||HOU 4, @CHC 3||Recap|
|Sat 4/5||@CHC 9, HOU 7||Recap|
|Sun 4/6||@CHC 3, HOU 2||Recap|
|Mon 5/19||CHC 7, @HOU 2||Recap|
|Tue 5/20||@HOU 4, CHC 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/21||@HOU 5, CHC 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/18||@HOU 2, CHC 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/19||@HOU 4, CHC 1||Recap|
|Sun 7/20||CHC 9, @HOU 0||Recap|
|Mon 8/4||HOU 2, @CHC 0||Recap|
|Tue 8/5||@CHC 11, HOU 7||Recap|
|Wed 8/6||@CHC 11, HOU 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/1||HOU 3, @CHC 0||Recap|
|Tue 9/2||HOU 9, @CHC 7||Recap|
|Wed 9/3||HOU 4, @CHC 0||Recap|
|» Sun 9/14||CHC 5, @HOU 0||Box Score|
|Mon 9/15||CHC 6, @HOU 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Cubs | Astros|
|1st||A Soriano homered to left center.||1||0|
|3rd||D Lee doubled to deep right, R Cedeno and C Zambrano scored.||3||0|
|3rd||A Ramirez singled to deep left, D Lee scored, A Ramirez to second on throwing error by shortstop M Tejada.||4||0|
|3rd||G Soto doubled to deep right, A Ramirez scored.||5||0|
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|Stadium||Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI|
|Attendance||23,441 (55.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|