The Rockies had no answer for Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night. The Dodgers southpaw threw his first career no-hitter against Colorado, and he was only a Hanley Ramirez throwing error away from a perfect game.
The 26-year-old Kershaw threw 107 pitches in the no-hit effort, so his pitch count was never an issue. His career high is 132 pitches, set last April. That is the only time he's thrown more than 120 pitches in a start in his career.
Kershaw struck out 15 batters, breaking his previous career high (13) set back in April 2009. Ramirez's error came on a slow chopper by Corey Dickerson leading off the seventh inning. Colorado hit only three balls out of the infield and did not make much hard contact at all.
The Rockies came into Wednesday's game leading baseball in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.337) and slugging percentage (.461). Some of that is Coors Field aided, of course, but this team can still hit. Kershaw definitely earned the no-hitter.
You don't win two Cy Young Awards before your 26th birthday without being historically dominant. Kershaw had previously thrown two two-hitters in his career, and they came roughly a month apart in 2011. He did it against the Marlins that May and again against the Tigers in June.
Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers (against the Phillies) earlier this season. The only other time the Dodgers have had two no-hitters in one season was back in 1956 (Carl Erskine, Sal Maglie). The last team with multiple no-hitters in the same season was the 1972 Cubs (Burt Hooton, Milt Pappas).
The Rockies have been no-hit twice before, both during the 1996 season. Al Leiter and Hideo Nomo did the honors. Nomo was with the Dodgers at the time.
Los Angeles won 8-0 with most of the offense coming on RBI doubles by Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Miguel Rojas.