If there was any uncertainty about Clayton Kershaw being MLB’s best pitcher, he put it to rest on Wednesday night with his first career no-hitter during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
To make his case even stronger, Kershaw struck out 15 batters throughout the game, setting a new career high for the pitcher who inked a seven-year, $215 million extension this past offseason. The Dodgers’ ace displayed outstanding control and command through all nine innings, sitting down the Rockies’ batters as quickly as they entered the box.
Unfortunately, Kershaw watched teammate Hanley Ramirez cost him an opportunity at a perfect game. In the seventh inning, Corey Dickerson hit a grounder to the shortstop, whose throw to first base was wide, handing Kershaw a two-base error. While it ended any hopes of a perfect game, it wasn’t enough to dissuade the Dodgers’ pitcher from continuing his pursuit of history.
His no-hitter marks only the second so far this season in MLB. The only other no-hitter belongs to fellow Dodgers hurler Josh Beckett, who kept the Philadelphia Phillies hitless three and a half weeks ago.
Already considered one of the greatest in the game, Kershaw solidified his status atop MLB’s pitcher hierarchy with this sensational showing. An injury marred the early part of the 2014 season for Kershaw, but he’s quickly repaying the Dodgers for their unwavering confidence in his arm.
If his two Cy Young awards weren’t enough to convince you that Kershaw is one of the greatest to ever pitch a baseball, this no-no should be more than enough to sway you. If it isn’t, well then you should try a different sport.