Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With Joc Pederson returning to the lineup in the Los Angeles Dodgers three-game series finale against the Chicago Cubs, Kiké Hernandez made his first start this season at third base. Hernandez spelled Justin Turner, who had been in the lineup the last five days and made 13 consecutive starts.

However, rather than the story being Hernandez filling in at the hot corner, the focus was on him reaching on a Starlin Castro error in the third inning. As it turned out, Cubs ace Jake Arrieta only allowed two runners to reach base en route to throwing the first no-hitter of his career.

Arrieta’s lone blemish on the night was walking Jimmy Rollins with two outs in the sixth inning. As for the play Hernandez was involved in, he lined a one-hopper right at Castro that handcuffed him. The ball rolled to his right and Hernandez was aboard without drawing a throw.

The immediate ruling on the play was an error, though there was some belief it would later be changed to an error. Arrieta proceeding to throw a no-hitter of course changed the likelihood of that transpiring. Multiple Cubs and Dodgers players asked about the play said they believed it was a hit.

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