Observations: Cubs, Zach Davies throw combined no-hitter vs. Dodgers

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Observations: Cubs, Davies throw combined no-hitter originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-0 Thursday night in a combined no-hitter, MLB's seventh no-hitter this season and the 17th in franchise history, to improve to 42-33 this season.

Here are 10 observations from the game.

1. Javy Báez embraced the boos from Dodgers fans after his first-inning home run gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The shortstop cupped his ear after crossing home plate in an entertaining troll move.

2. Zach Davies entered Thursday coming off one of the worst starts of his career, having allowed eight runs in six innings last Friday. He responded in a big way, tossing six no-hit innings.

3. Five walks in Davies’ first three-plus innings inflated his pitch count, spurring his exit with the no-no intact. The right-hander threw 94 pitches in those six innings.

4. But Davies finished strong after issuing that fifth walk, leading off the fourth, retiring the final nine batters he faced. He struck out four on the night.

5. Last Friday’s start vs. Miami may have just been an outlier during an otherwise impressive stretch for Davies. In his 10 other starts since May 1, he holds a 1.66 ERA in 54 1/3 innings.

6. Davies is the first Cubs pitcher to make a start at Dodger Stadium without giving up a hit since 2015. Who was that pitcher, you ask? Davies' rotation mate, Jake Arrieta, who no-hit Los Angeles that season.

7. If there's any team that has the bullpen to complete a no-hitter, it's the Cubs, who entered the day with the No. 1 'pen ERA in baseball (2.63). Ryan Tepera (seventh), Andrew Chafin (eighth) and Craig Kimbrel (ninth) finished things off.

8. The ninth did start with some drama, however. Kimbrel walked Chris Taylor on four pitches.

9. When one streak ends, another begins? Tepera, Chafin and Kimbrel's combined scoreless streak stands at 3 2/3 innings. The trio's 49 1/3-inning scoreless stretch ended Tuesday, when Cleveland scored once against Tepera.

10. Willson Contreras (two-run blast) and Jake Marisnick (RBI single) provided late insurance runs. The Cubs, after scoring 12 runs in their previous six games, have scored 11 times in their past two games.

On deck: The Cubs and Dodgers play Game 2 of their four-game series Friday, with a 9:10 p.m. first pitch. Arrieta (5-8, 5.45 ERA) and Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 3.00 ERA) are the probable starters.

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