In his last start against the Colorado Rockies, Clayton Kershaw’s struck out nine in five innings and he began Wednesday’s start with a strikeout. The Rockies would be retired in order as Brandon Barnes flied out to center and Troy Tulowitzki grounded out.
Dee Gordon drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and quickly stole second. Jorge De La Rosa then began to pay close attention to Gordon and walked Hanley Ramirez on a full count. A failed pick-off attempt at second base allowed Gordon and Ramirez to advance 90 feet and Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly scored Gordon to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
With two outs and Ramirez standing on third, Matt Kemp hit an RBI single to extend the Dodgers’ lead. Kershaw collected two more strikeouts in the second inning as the Rockies were unable to generate anything against the left-hander and the Dodgers went quietly in the bottom half of the inning.
Kershaw struck out two of the three batters he faced in the third as the Dodgers continued to lead 2-0. A Puig two-out walk sparked a rally that led to five runs on doubles from Adrian Gonzalez, Kemp and Miguel Rojas. The Rojas double cleared the bases after they were loaded on Kemp’s double and consecutive walks.
After the Rockies were silenced again in the fourth, a Ramirez single and Puig double knocked De La Rosa out of the game. Franklin Morales relieved the Rockies starter and he promptly allowed an RBI single to Gonzalez. Kemp then hit into an inning-ending double play and the Dodgers carried an 8-0 lead to the fifth.
Neither the Rockies nor Dodgers scored in the fifth and Kershaw continued to overpower the Rockies in the sixth, striking out the side to up his total to 10. Kershaw lost his perfect game in the seventh as Ramirez fielded a slow chopper and threw it away at first base.
Rojas kept Kershaw’s no-hitter in tact with a long throw from foul territory to get Troy Tulowitzki at first. The left-hander then took care of Wilin Rosario himself, freezing the Rockies catcher on a breaking ball for strike three.
Kershaw struck out two more Rockies in the eighth to set a new single-game career high with 14 as he continued to hold the Rockies without a hit. With only three outs separating Kershaw from his first career no-hitter, the left-hander remained composed and retired the Rockies in order to complete the historic feat.
The Dodgers last had two no-hitters in one season when Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie did so in 1956. The last team to have two no-hitters in one season was the 1972 Chicago Cubs.
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