Kershaw adds no-hitter to most remarkable resume

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seeing his best friend only one out away from pitching a no-hitter, A.J. Ellis got a bit teary eyed.

Not that Ellis could get too emotional, though. The Dodgers catcher still had to call the pitches for Clayton Kershaw to finish off the gem.

Kershaw added to his most remarkable resume Wednesday night, throwing his first no-hitter and striking out a career-high 15 as Los Angeles beat Colorado 8-0.

Only one batter got on base against Kershaw — Corey Dickerson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez leading off the seventh inning. Kershaw struck out a swinging Dickerson to end the game.

"I guess I haven't really thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things, but it it's definitely special company," Kershaw said.

"I don't take for granted the history of this, or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, it's right up there with winning playoff games and all that stuff. It's pretty cool," he said.

The 26-year-old lefty with the big-bending curveball, two Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles and a pair of strikeout crowns shut down a pretty good team, too.

The Rockies began the night leading the majors in batting average, hits and on-base percentage, and topped the NL in runs and homers.

"I started tearing up out there in the ninth inning, just sitting out there catching and watching him throw after he got those first two outs," Ellis said.

"To do it here at Dodger Stadium and do it with my best friend on the mound means the world to me. It's a game I'll watch on replays with my kids forever," he said.

Kershaw thrust his arms overhead after fanning Dickerson for the final out. He was mobbed by his teammates and joined on the field by wife Ellen for several hugs.

Kershaw joined Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson as the only pitchers to throw a no-no as a reigning Cy Young Award winner.

Koufax pitched four no-hitters for the Dodgers, and the Hall of Fame lefty has befriended Kershaw over the year.

Kershaw's 107-pitch effort came 3 1/2 weeks after teammate Josh Beckett pitched a no-hitter at Philadelphia — those are the only two no-hitters in the majors this season.

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