Clayton Kershaw threw his first career no-hitter game last night in Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 thumping of the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw admitted he was anxious entering the ninth innings but the 26-year-old pitcher held his nerve and pitched a clean innings to claim his first no-hitter.
The game included a career-high 15 strikeouts for Kershaw off 107 pitches, of which 79 were strikes.
The pitcher was denied a perfect game after shortstop Hanley Ramirez conceded an error in the seventh inning, but the team refused to give any blame to Ramirez.
Kershaw was assisted by the powerful Dodgers offence which struck eight runs from nine hits and one error to completely dominate the Rockies.
Miguel Rojas contributed three RBIs while Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez each managed a pair of runs.
It was Kershaw’s third no-hitter game, his first since 2011, and the pitcher is hot property for the Dodgers.
His side cut the San Francisco Giants lead to just four games but a week ago it was nine and a half.
But yesterday was all about the 26-year-old who holds an impressive MLB record.
To date, Kershaw is a three-time All-Star, two-time National League Cy Young award winner, a NL Pitching Triple Crown holder a NL wins, strikeout and Era champion.
The pitcher has a useful 7-2 season record with a 2.52 ERA from ten games started.
Wednesday’s feat is just another achievement Kershaw can add to his list and manager Don Mattingly believes his pitcher deserves everything he gets.
“He does everything right. The two Cy Youngs don’t even get in the way. It’s just so nice to watch someone like that get it.”
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