Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched the first-ever no-hitter of his career – and it might be the best no-hitter ever thrown in the history of Major League Baseball.

Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter

Kershaw’s no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies was the 283rd on record, but the first in which the pitcher had 15 strikeouts and didn’t walk a single batter. While Nolan Ryan struck out 15 batters in three no-hitters, he walked players each time. Kershaw only threw three balls to one batter all night.

“That’s probably the best combination he’s had of his slider and curveball working on the same night,” catcher A.J. Ellis told the Los Angeles Times. “When you got those things going, nights like this are possible.”

Kershaw's fastball was also hot, coming in at 94 to 95 mph.

"You don't really ever think about doing something like that," Kershaw said of his no-hitter, reported the Times. "You think about winning a World Series or being part of that. As far as individual stuff goes, though, this ranks up there."

"I am so amazed," Kershaw told CBS before crediting his teammate Josh Beckett, who earned the only other no-hitter in the MLB this year. "Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank."

"As far as individual games go, this is really special. To do it at home is more amazing," Kershaw added.

At 26, Kershaw made Dodgers and MLB history with his pitching clinic. The standout, who has won two Cy Young awards already in his short career, will have to rack up three more no-hitters to be Sandy Koufax’s record.


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