Thursday night was the 20th time the Dodgers have been no-hit since joining the National League in 1890. That’s more than any other team in major league history.
They’ve also thrown the most no-hitters, 23 in all, including 13 since moving to Los Angeles. Zach Davies and three Cubs relievers combined for the ninth no-hitter against the Dodgers in their LA days.
With the thrower of that eighth no-hitter, Jake Arrieta, starting for Chicago on Friday night, let’s take a look back at the previous eight times the LA Dodgers were no-hit, and what they did the day after.
LA Dodgers, the game after getting no-hit
|8/10/1976||Pirates||John Candelaria||5||11||0||W, 5-1|
|9/27/1981||Astros||Nolan Ryan||1||2||1||L, 2-1|
|9/17/1988||Reds||Tom Browning*||4||9||0||W, 4-3|
|7/29/1991||Mets^||Dennis Martinez*||1||3||1||L, 5-1|
|4/9/1994||Braves||Kent Mercker||1||4||0||L, 2-1 (10)|
|6/9/2012||Mariners||Kevin Millwood +5||8||14||1||W, 8-3|
|8/22/2015||Astros||Mike Fiers||1||7||0||L, 3-1|
|8/31/2015||Giants^||Jake Arrieta||5||12||2||W, 5-4 (10)|
There’s no discernible pattern here, but it’s worth noting that the Dodgers were held to just one run the game after four of their eight no-hitters since moving to Los Angeles. It make sense, given that a team getting no-hit very well might be in a slump.
The Arrieta no-hitter in 2015 came only nine days after Mike Fiers also no-hit the Dodgers in Houston. Dennis Martinez’s perfect game in 1991 was two days after his Expos teammate Mark Gardner no-hit the Dodgers through nine innings, only to lose the game on three consecutive singles to open the 10th.
The Dodgers also had to face, and lose to, Greg Maddux the day after Kent Mercker’s no-hitter in 1994, and the day following Nolan Ryan’s record fifth no-hitter in 1981 saw the Dodgers lose to former teammate Don Sutton, who won the game after Jon Candelaria’s no-no in 1976.
This Dodgers team went 139 regular season games without getting shut out, but have been blanked in each of their last two home games. They also have seven runs and 16 hits in four games this week, hitting .132/.262/.231.
How will the ninth LA no-hit follow up go tonight?
Teams: Dodgers (44-31) vs. Cubs (42-33)
Location: Dodger Stadium
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA