MILWAUKEE- The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano has no-hit the Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Chicago won the game 5-0,
The contest was moved to Wisconsin from Houston's Minute Maid Park because of hurricane Ike.
Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years.
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
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.