Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies. The no-hitter was the 284th in MLB history and 22nd by a Dodgers pitcher, the most by any franchise, per a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info.
Kershaw was truly unhittable Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 batters, as reported by Yahoo! Sports on Twitter. The ace lefty fanned at least one batter in every inning, primarily using his knee-buckling curveball or his hard-breaking slider.
Kershaw faced 28 batters, just one over the minimum. The only Colorado player to reach base was Corey Dickerson, who did so in the seventh inning courtesy of a throwing error by Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez. If not for the miscue by LA's offensive-minded shortstop, Kershaw would have thrown just the 24th perfect game in MLB history, per MLB.com.
As Fox Sports Live tweeted, Kershaw's 15 strikeouts tied for the most K's by a left-hander in a no-hitter in MLB history. Hall of Famer and fellow southpaw Warren Spahn also struck out 15 batters in a 1960 no-hitter. Right-handers Don Wilson (1967) and Nolan Ryan (1974) fanned 15 batters in no-hitters of their own.
Kershaw did not walk a batter on Wednesday, separating his performance from those of Spahn, Wilson and Ryan. Kershaw’s 15 K’s were the most any pitcher has ever recorded without allowing a hit or free pass, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via a tweet from Dodger Talk's David Vassegh).
Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the last 65 seasons, called the 19th no-hitter of his Hall of Fame career Wednesday night. Scully called the game’s end with the words, "He’s done it!" as the pictures and roar of the Dodger Stadium faithful told the rest of the story.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
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