Clayton Kershaw Throws No-Hitter Vs. Rockies
Kershaw Throws 22nd No-No In Dodgers' History
Clayton Kershaw became the second Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season with his 107 pitch effort against the Colorado Rockies tonight:
It is the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers' franchise history and the second this season to his teammate Josh Beckett, who threw his no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25th.
With tonight's no-no, the Dodgers have had more pitchers throw no-hitters in their history than any other Major League team.
This one was arguably more special though, as Kershaw was able to do it at home and further prove why he's worth the 7-year, $215MM contract extension the Dodgers gave to him earlier in the calendar year.
Kershaw struck out 15 batters on the night, a new career-high and the most by a southpaw in a no-hit performance since Warren Span threw his no-hitter back in 1960.
Kershaw is also the first pitcher to strike out 15 batters without walking a single man in a no-hitter.
Kershaw just missed becoming the 24th pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game, with the only baserunner reaching via an error by Hanley Ramirez in the top of the seventh inning.
Hanley might have cost him the perfect game, but Miguel Rojas kept the no-hitter intact with this great play on a ball hit by Troy Tulowitzki:
This was a special night for Rojas as well, as he made what was arguably the key play for Kershaw tonight in just his 11th big league game, and it will be a night forever remembered by Kershaw, Rojas, and Dodgers fans alike.
Kershaw On No-Hitter:
More reactions via the Dodgers twitter feed:
The man: https://t.co/gL1rkygmoo— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2014
"He's done it." - Vin Scully— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2014
The greatest lefty since No. 32: https://t.co/bRA4eKhPUd— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2014
Shower time, Vine: https://t.co/fQeIZQ8t43— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 19, 2014