Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday night, blanking the Colorado Rockies 8-0 with a career-high 15 strikeouts. The 15 strikeouts were the third-highest total in baseball history in a no-hitter.
Kershaw did not walk a single batter and needed only 107 pitches. He lost his perfect game in the seventh inning after Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson hit a slow chopper to Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who had to charge in to field the ball, and ultimately threw it away for a two-base error.
The no-hitter was the 22nd in Dodgers history and their second this season; Josh Beckett threw one against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25. Kershaw joined Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax as the only reigning Cy Young Award winners to throw a no-hitter.
“I guess I haven’t really thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things, but it’s definitely special company,” Kershaw said after the game. “I don’t take for granted the history of this or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, it’s right up there with winning playoff games and all that stuff. It’s pretty cool.”