Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers are responsible for two no-hitters this season and they are the only pitchers in baseballs to have accomplished the feat.
In a throwback performance only complete with a heavy dose of breaking balls and not fastballs, Josh Beckett no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies May 25 on the road. The Dodger right-hander threw a career-high 128 pitches to get six strikeouts, 10 ground balls and 11 fly balls.
Beckett’s previous season-high for pitches thrown was 113 and following the game he revealed he told manager Don Mattingly he was not coming out of the game.
Nearly one month later, Clayton Kershaw, arguably the best pitcher in baseball, completed his assault on the record books. Kershaw took a perfect game in the seventh inning, lost only because of a Hanley Ramirez error, and finished with his first career no-hitter.
Kershaw piled up 15 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter, which set an MLB record for most strikeouts without a walk in a no-hit performance. While both pitchers relied on different means to complete their respective no-hitters, each ended the game on a strikeout.