Jake Arrieta allowed a single to Jonathan Villar, the first batter he faced Thursday after his no-hitter April 21. Arrieta ended up walking the bases loaded in the first inning but got out of the situation without allowing a run.
The Cubs right-hander became the seventh pitcher -- out of 36 no-hitters -- since the beginning of 2008 to follow a no-hitter by allowing a hit to the first batter he faced in his next start that season. Below, we take a look at how those outings ended up:
Adron Chambers of the St. Louis Cardinals led off Bailey’s first start after his no-hitter, on Oct. 3, 2012, with a single. Coming off his no-hitter of the Pirates on Sept. 28, Bailey allowed four hits in four scoreless innings, striking out six and walking none, as the Reds, who were headed to the National League playoffs, lost 1-0.
In his first start since a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15, 2012, Hernandez allowed a lead-off single to Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians. Hernandez gave up a total of seven hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings on Aug. 21, helping the Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1.
Cain’s no-hitter was a perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13, 2012. On June 18 against the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout led off with a single and ended up scoring in the first inning. Cain got the win, allowing three earned runs in five innings of a 5-3 Giants victory.
Zambrano’s no-hitter of the Astros on Sept. 14, 2008, was the first for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years. On Sept. 19, Skip Schumaker of the Cardinals led off with a double, and Zambrano was chased after allowing six runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.
After no-hitting the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008, Lester started at the Oakland Athletics on May 25. Jack Hannahan opened with a single, one of seven hits Lester allowed in five innings. The A’s beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3.