History was made out in Los Angeles late Wednesday evening as Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw tossed the 22nd no-hitter in team history, against the Colorado Rockies in an 8-0 victory.
For a good amount of time, this outing was actually a Perfect Game watch as Kershaw did not allow a base runner until the seventh inning, and even that was through no fault of his own. The Rockies’ Corey Dickerson made it safely into second base off a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
UPDATE: Clayton Kershaw’s bid for perfect game ends after Hanley Ramirez throwing error to lead off 7th inning. No-hitter still intact.
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The loss of the perfect game didn’t shake the confidence of the NL Cy Young Award winner as he had a brief discussion with Ramirez, and then settled right back in to get the outs he needed to get out of the inning, including a strike out of Wilin Rosario to finish it off without Dickerson scoring from second and the no-no still in reach. If it was going to happen, however, Kershaw was going to have to surpass his total pitches per game on the season.
In the eighth inning, Kershaw started things off by striking out Drew Stubbs on three consecutive pitches, then he followed that up with his career-high 14th strikeout, this time making Josh Rutledge take a seat. To finish it off, and put himself three outs away from history, he made Kyle Parker ground out to first base on the first pitch.
Finally, in the ninth to seal the deal, Kershaw got DJ LeMahieu to ground out at first, then Charlie Culberson to fly out to right. To put it all away, Corey Dickerson struck out.
It’s the second no-hitter for the Dodgers this season following Josh Beckett’s.
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