Sunday, September 14, 2008. (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years by pitching the Cubbies past Houston 5-0, in a game relocated to Milwaukee's Miller Park because of
Hurricane Ike. This was the second no-hitter of the baseball season following Jon Lester's gem for Boston against Kansas City on May 19th.
Zambrano was returning from a recent bout of soreness in his rotator cuff. The burly hurler known for his emotional displays on the mound kept himself in control until striking out Darin Erstad to finish his gem.
Zambrano dropped to his knees and pointed to the sky with both hands after getting Erstad to swing and miss. The big right-hander was immediately mobbed on the mound by his teammates.
The crowd of 23,441 erupted in a wild ovation after chanting "Let's go Z!" throughout the final inning.
Even though technically Houston was the home team, the crowd was overwhelmingly for the Cubs. The game was played about 90 miles from the Cubs' Wrigley Field and thousands of gleeful Cubs fans at the end were glad they made the short trip to be part of history.
Milt Pappas in 1972 was the last Cubs pitcher to author a no-hitter.
The win gives the Cubs a seven-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central with two weeks and 15 games left in the season. The Cubs have not won a World Series title in 100 years.
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