Chicago Cubs Righty Alec Mills threw the league’s second no-hitter of the season on Sunday, closing the Milwaukee Brewers with a 12-0 win.
Mills, 28, hit five while walking three.
When asked in the post-game interview on the Marquee Sports Network how he felt, Mills replied, “I have no idea. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I didn’t really know how to party. Just something that came together today is. “
The Brewers never came close to a goal in the final innings when Mills threw 114 pitch at career height in his 15th career big league start. He triggered a pop-up from Jacob Nottingham, beating Tyrone Taylor for the first two outs of the ninth inning before getting Jace Peterson to fall short.
Mills said his curveball was his best spot that day. He would often pitch clubs with a first pitch curve for one shot.
Mills had to wait in ninth place when the Brewers pitchered shortstop Orlando Arcia and the Cubs did two more runs against pitches in the 1950s.
Mills said he was “just trying to calm down and relax and make it seem like the same inning every day.”
Mills was a walk-on in Tennessee-Martin and was cut by the Royals. He never had a full game in the major leagues.
He was asked how he would react if someone in college told him that he would end up throwing a no-hitter into the big leagues.
“I would definitely have told them they were crazy … they gave me a chance there and other teams gave me a chance,” he said. “And I’ll just try to keep you right.”
Mills’ no-no was the 16th in franchise history and the first for a Cubs pitcher since Jake Arrietas in 2016.
Chicago has cornered the market with no-hitters. White Sox’s Lucas Giolito threw the first of the season on August 25th.