The Colorado Rockies were on the wrong end of a historic night Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw struck out a career-high 15 batters for the Los Angeles Dodgers to record the first no-hitter of his career in an 8-0 win.
Kershaw, who didn’t allow a walk but missed out on a perfect game on a throwing error in the seventh by Hanley Ramirez, celebrated the second no-hitter thrown by a Dodger this season with teammates as they rushed the field afterwards. Josh Beckett no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25 in a game that also ended in an 8-0 Los Angeles win. Beckett struck out six in that game.
It’s the sixth no-hitter thrown in the National League over the past two years. Three no-hitters were tossed in the NL in 2012, which is the last time the American League had a no-hitter when four were thrown in the AL that season.
The last time the Rockies were no-hit was in 1996 when Hideo Nomo struck out eight for the Dodgers in a 9-0 win. Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez threw the first no-hitter in Colorado history in 2010 when he struck out seven in a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers have had pitchers throw 22 no-hitters dating back to the franchise’s days in Brooklyn, when in 1956 Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie both accomplished the feat in the same season for the only other time in club history.
Click on the image of Kershaw below to see how he retired each batter in last night’s historic outing.