The superlatives for Jake Arrieta’s performances this year ran out long ago, so I’ll just give you the facts: with a nasty slider working tonight, and otherwise impressive command, Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, and lost it with two outs. In total, he threw 7.2 innings, giving up no runs, one walk, and one hit. He struck out 10. In some ways, a lost no-hit bid obscures just how dominant a guy has been, because that’s all we focus on.
Arrieta was so good that the Red Sox faithful gave him a standing ovation when he departed. Hell, they were probably just happy to see him out of there.
Nate Schierholtz had a double and a homer (a two-run shot that accounted for the scoring) in this one, and don’t sleep on how important it would be for him to break out over the next few weeks.
In the end, though, it’s Arrieta, man.