Clayton Kershaw First No-hitter: June 18, 2014
Tuesday night after the game I was telling my brother Victor “I need to go to the hair salon. Not sure if I want to go Wednesday afer work or Thursday after work. One of those two days I need to do laundry since I am heading to San Diego for the weekend to see the Dodgers” He said “Do the laundry Thursday night. Kershaw is pitching Wednesday. Who knows! He might throw a no-hitter”
I did leave the laundry for Thursday night. I am so glad I Did! Wednesday night after the hair salon I headed to Dodger Stadium. I was glad my friend Lorena who has not been feeling well, went to the game. I am sorry that my brother Victor missed the game. He gave me the advice to go but skipped the game.
What a great night! congratulations to our NIÑO DE ORO Clayton Kershaw! pitching his first no-hitter!
Clayton Kershaw didn’t just throw a no-hitter Wednesday night; he turned in one of the most dominant pitching performances in major league history. Calling his performance a no-hitter merely puts it on a list with 276 other games in which a pitcher didn’t allow a hit over nine or more innings. What Kershaw did by retiring 27 of 28 batters, the exception coming on a Hanley Ramirez throwing error, and striking out 15 of them belongs on a much shorter list.
To begin with, using Game Score, a method of evaluating starting pitching performances created by Bill James in 1988, Kershaw’s outing was the second-best nine-inning pitching performance of the last 100 years. Here’s the all-time* top five:
Pitcher Game Score Date IP H R ER BB K Kerry Wood 105 May 6, 1998 9 1 0 0 0 20 Clayton Kershaw 102 June 18, 2014 9 0 0 0 0 15 Matt Cain 101 June 13, 2012 9 0 0 0 0 14 Nolan Ryan 101 May 1, 1991 9 0 0 0 2 16 Sandy Koufax 101 Sept. 9, 1965 9 0 0 0 0 14
*game data, and thus comprehensive game scores, only goes back to 1914
Congratulations kid on your first no-hitter!