Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Clayton Kershaw tossed his first career no-hitter in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw’s no-hitter came less than a month after Josh Beckett achieved the feat in Philadelphia. It was the 12th no-hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history and the 22nd in franchise history.
“Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I’ve got Josh to thank,” said Kershaw.
“The thing about it, all the guys sit and watch, and you listen to them and they’ll say that nobody deserves this more than him,” said manager Don Mattingly. “He works hard every day. He does everything right. He’s a great teammate. The two Cy Youngs don’t even get in the way. It’s just so nice to watch someone like that get it.”
The only other season the Dodgers had two no-hitters thrown was 1956, when Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie turned the trick for the Brooklyn Dodgers. That club went to the World Series.
The last Dodgers home no-hitter was by Ramon Martinez in 1995, and the last time the Rockies were no-hit was also by a Dodger, Hideo Nomo, in 1996.
An error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning prevented Kershaw from a perfect game.
The last no-hitter in the Majors in which the only runner reached on an error was thrown by Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez against the Padres in 2009. That error was committed by Juan Uribe.
Kershaw struck out a career-high 15 without a walk. Of 107 pitches, 79 were strikes. Eight of the strikeouts were finished with a slider, six with a curve, only one with a fastball. Twelve were on swings and misses, three were called.
It was the second no-hitter for plate umpire and 15-year veteran Greg Gibson, who had the dish when Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against Atlanta in 2004.
“When Randy got to the fourth inning, he was so locked in that everybody just stopped talking around the plate, and it was kind of that way tonight,” said Gibson. “Nobody was saying anything. Kershaw was that locked in.”
Kershaw allowed only three fly balls to leave the infield. He’s 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA and two complete games in 10 starts. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner had twice thrown two-hitters, the last one in 2011.