Seventeen starts after tossing a no-no in August of 2015, Arrieta is one of two pitchers to go unbeaten between no-hitters, joining Johnny Vander Meer, who threw two no-hitters consecutively.
The scariest part of Arrieta's feat is that for half the game he didn't even have his best stuff.
“He was definitely off,” said catcher David Ross, who's retiring at the end of the season. “He was probably off for the first four or five innings.”
“The preparation is what allows the success to happen naturally,” the ace said. “I came out with shaky command of all my pitches, but I was using them nonetheless. As the game got on, I got more comfortable.”
Meanwhile, the Cubs offense mashed the Cincinnati Reds to the tune of 16 runs. Chicago hit for the "home run cycle," bopping a grand slam as well as one-, two-, and three-run homers.
After Arrieta recorded the final out, one fan attempted to get in on the celebration before being abrupty escorted away by Cincinnati police.
Random Cubs fan comes on field. Celebrates no-hitter with Cubs. Nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/hKJbJozCMt
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) April 22, 2016
The Reds had a sense of humor about being held hitless, looking at the bright side on Twitter.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2016
No Cubs were seen wearing ridiculous pajamas.