LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pair of Cy Young Awards, three straight major league ERA titles, a 20-win season — and now a no-hitter.
There isn’t much more for Clayton Kershaw to accomplish from an individual standpoint. Now all the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace wants is a World Series ring.
Kershaw dominated the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in Los Angeles’ 8-0 victory.
Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Cheered on by his wife in the stands, Kershaw (7-2) retired his first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-base error — ending any chance for a perfect game.
But that was it for the Rockies against Kershaw, who shrugged off the miscue and came oh-so-close to throwing the 22nd perfecto in the majors since 1900.
One batter after Dickerson reached base, rookie third baseman Miguel Rojas backhanded Troy Tulowitzki’s grounder behind the bag and let fly with a strong throw to first that Gonzalez — a three-time Gold Glove winner — scooped out of the dirt to keep the no-hitter intact.
With the crowd of 46,069 on its feet and roaring, Kershaw made quick work of the Rockies in the ninth.
After his 107th and final pitch, a beaming Kershaw raised his arms above his head and waited for a huge hug from catcher A.J. Ellis.