Clayton Kershaw neared perfection on Wednesday night by pitching the first no-hitter of his career as the Los Angeles Dodgers demolished the Colorado Rockies in an 8-0 home win.
The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner struck out a career-high 15 batters as he delivered his team its second no-hitter of the season. The only runner to land on base followed an error by Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning.
The Dodgers are currently the only team in the Major Leagues to have recorded any no-hitters this season. Los Angeles’ Josh Beckett pitched the previous no-hitter against the Phillies on May 25.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw told reporters. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Following the game, the 26-year-old Texan was mobbed by his teammates before being doused with two ice-cold coolers outside the Dodgers dugout.