(Los Angeles, CA) —
Clayton Kershaw, the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, threw the team’s second no-hitter of the 2014 season late Wednesday night as the Dodgers routed the Colorado Rockies 8-0 before a delirious crowd at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw, who was in Oklahoma just last season to receive the annual Warren Spahn Award as major league baseball’s top left-handed pitcher, struck out a career high 15 batters in the win against the Rockies. And with his 1st career “no-no”, he joins Dodger teamate Josh Beckett as L.A. pitchers to throw no-hitters this season already. Beckett turned the trick just a few weeks ago when the Dodgers played in Philadelphia against the Phillies.
Kershaw has actually won the Spahn Award twice in his career now and his strikeout total equals that of the legendary namesake of the trophy when Spahn threw a no-hitter in 1960. And Kershaw’s strikeouts bettered the total by one for a Dodgers lefty in a no-hitter over Sandy Koufax, who struck out 14 in his gem he pitched in 1965.
With the victory, Kershaw is now 7-2 on the season having tossed the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history.