Clayton Kershaw toed the rubber at Dodger Stadium Wednesday as he’s done countless times throughout his career. Standing in the way between Kershaw and another win, which would complete a three-game sweep was the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw struck out the first batter of the game, which set the tone for what was to follow over the course of the next eight innings. The Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the first to give their ace some breathing room and he promptly struck out two more Rockies in the second inning.
By the time the fourth inning rolled around, the Dodgers were leading 7-0 and Kershaw had five strikeouts without allowing a runner to reach base. Kershaw carried a perfect game into the seventh inning, when it was broken up on a Hanley Ramirez error.
The miscue was a blow to the fans, who could sense what greatness Kershaw was on the verge of reaching. However, the two-time Cy Young Award winner was unaffected, struck out two batters in the inning and got an impressive play from Miguel Rojas.
Kershaw got the final six outs with three strikeouts, two ground outs and one fly ball and his first career no-hitter was in the record book. Kershaw also became the first pitcher to record a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and no walks.
Photos: Clayton Kershaw’s No-Hitter