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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kershaw throws second Dodgers no-hitter of 2014, fans 15 Rockies

This grumble from Dodger pal Glossops+: “When Koufax was throwing his no-hitters…the strikeout rate was like minus 2 or something!”

The Rockies had no answer for Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday night. The Dodgers southpaw threw his first career no-hitter against Colorado, and he was only a Hanley Ramirez throwing error away from a perfect game.

The 26-year-old Kershaw threw 107 pitches in the no-hit effort, so his pitch count was never an issue. His career high is 132 pitches, set last April. That is the only time he’s thrown more than 120 pitches in a start in his career.

Kershaw struck out 15 batters, breaking his previous career high (13) set back in April 2009. Ramirez’s error came on a slow chopper by Corey Dickerson leading off the seventh inning. Colorado hit only three balls out of the infield and did not make much hard contact at all.

The Rockies came into Wednesday’s game leading baseball in batting average (.284), on-base percentage (.337) and slugging percentage (.461). Some of that is Coors Field aided, of course, but this team can still hit. Kershaw definitely earned the no-hitter.

You don’t win two Cy Young Awards before your 26th birthday without being historically dominant. Kershaw had previously thrown two two-hitters in his career, and they came roughly a month apart in 2011. He did it against the Marlins that May and again against the Tigers in June.

Repoz Posted: June 19, 2014 at 05:35 AM | 61 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zachtoma Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:12 AM (#4730212)
It was the best pitched game I've ever seen. There was no question the no-hitter was happening, it started feeling inevitable pretty early on, the Rockies never stood a chance. His fastball was jumping, the curveball was ridiculous, and the slider was just wiping batters out, plus his command was exceptional - I don't know how many innings they might have had to play before a Rockie got an honest hit. A couple balls down the line was as close as they came, one was fielded brilliantly by Rojas, the other was just foul. The Hanley error was unfortunate and you question why he was in there defensively in the late innings of an 8-0 game when he just injured a finger on his throwing hand, it kind of puts this game in the category of the Galarraga no-hitter for me... it wasn't technically a perfect game, but come on...
   2. Tike Redman's Shattered Dreams Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:15 AM (#4730215)
Video of all 27 outs

Nothing hit hard all night. Great stuff.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:32 AM (#4730217)
Here's the opening to Bill Shaikin's game story in the LA Times, blatantly ripping off Vin Scully's play-by-play of Koufax's 1965 perfect game:

On the scoreboard in right field, it was 10:08 p.m. in the City of the Angels. And a crowd of 46,069 had just sat in to see the best pitcher in baseball throw the first no-hitter of his career.

Clayton Kershaw, who reminds us of Sandy Koufax with every flash of greatness, did it with a flurry. He struck out the final batter, Corey Dickerson. He struck out 15, setting a career high. So, when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record book, that "K" stood out even more than the E-R-S-H-A-W.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 19, 2014 at 08:17 AM (#4730237)
i am glad folks of today get to see a pitcher like kershaw. just tremendous.

and unlike so many comparisons to former greats the koufax comp is more than justified. he's almost a dead ringer for sandy from a pitcher/player/team perspective. another thing that makes baseball run.

being left handed we might be seeing him on the mound until 2030. that would also be tremendous
   5. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 08:58 AM (#4730253)
Since fielding reached a reasonable standard of reliability--stay, since WWII or so--how many no-hitters have there been that weren't perfect games on account of an error, with no walks or HBP?
   6. God Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:05 AM (#4730259)
Mosey on over to the Omnichatter and you'll find that someone posted a chart answering #5.
   7. RickG Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:13 AM (#4730272)
Off the top of my head, that Shaikin intro looks to be word-for-word, save of course the specifics. I would call it homage or something, not a blatant riff. It's actually kind of brilliant...to a Dodger fan, if you want to convey how great Kershaw was in a short amount of time, that's a pretty good way to do it.

Of course, Scully did that in real time. That's much MORE brilliant. He was great last night too.
   8. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4730281)
I was up a bit late last night. After looking at some of the pitching matchups I decided to watch the Padre-Mariner/Cashner-Hernandez game. About the 6th inning I went to bed. One change of the channel and I probably would have stayed up a bit later dammit.
   9. AROM Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:28 AM (#4730288)
and unlike so many comparisons to former greats the koufax comp is more than justified. he's almost a dead ringer for sandy from a pitcher/player/team perspective. another thing that makes baseball run.

being left handed we might be seeing him on the mound until 2030. that would also be tremendous


Yeah. I just hope for his sake that the Koufax comparisons don't hold after age 30.
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4730296)
zeth

how about in the other direction? jim maloney threw a no hitter in 1965 where he walked 10 guys. of course, that was over 10 innings.

he also struck out 12. talk about a pitch count (i assume)
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4730301)
I watched Wood's 20k performance from about 3rd inning on, and watched last night from the bottom of the 2nd on to the end. Scully knew what he was seeing fairly quickly and frankly convinced me to hang on to every out. The only drama of any kind was in the 8th, the error by Hanley and then the great stab and throw at 3rd on Tulo's AB.
   12. pthomas Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM (#4730314)
Since it was not on TV for the majority of the households in Socal:

A tree fell in a forest.....
   13. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4730322)
he also struck out 12. talk about a pitch count (i assume)


187, according to Baseball Almanac.

   14. Davo Dozier Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4730353)
Since fielding reached a reasonable standard of reliability--stay, since WWII or so--how many no-hitters have there been that weren't perfect games on account of an error, with no walks or HBP?


BB-Ref's Play Index shows that last night was the 6th time it's happened.
   15. baxter Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4730354)
#5, I rememeber one such no-hitter, also by a Dodger lefty, Jerry Reuss vs. Giants; Bill Russell threw one away; that was the only baserunner.
   16. Perry Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM (#4730359)
#1 said it all. I've seen at least the latter part of 8-10 no-hitters, including Seaver's and Ryan's last 3, but I've never seen anyone that dominant. Or a no-hitter with less tension involved, because at no time did I think the Rockies had a chance at a hit.
   17. Perry Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4730361)
blatantly ripping off Vin Scully's play-by-play of Koufax's 1965 perfect game


So blatantly, in fact, that it's clearly an homage. Come on.
   18. Perry Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4730362)
how about in the other direction? jim maloney threw a no hitter in 1965 where he walked 10 guys. of course, that was over 10 innings.

he also struck out 12. talk about a pitch count (i assume)


The last few innings of that game is now on youtube, or at least it was a few months ago. In color, too. Great stuff.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4730365)
The last time any team had two no-hitters in the same season? The Chicago Cubs, in 1972.


I don't know why but this surprises me.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4730368)
I wish I had noticed that this was going on. I was still awake and had the means to watch the game.
   21. DKDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4730370)
What would it take to convince the west coast teams to start their games at 9 PM instead of 10 PM? Or even just the games that Kershaw is starting or they are playing against East Coast teams.
   22. tshipman Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4730374)
What would it take to convince the west coast teams to start their games at 9 PM instead of 10 PM? Or even just the games that Kershaw is starting or they are playing against East Coast teams.


An adjustment to the entire social system, so that most people have jobs that finish at around 4 pm instead of around 5 pm, and that they all decide to concurrently eat dinner an hour sooner as well.

What would it take to convince east coast baseball fans to shut the #### up about late games?
   23. Batman Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4730375)
I don't know why but this surprises me.
Nolan Ryan's first two were in 1973. Maybe he meant last team with two different pitchers with no-hitters.
   24. Davo Dozier Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4730381)
21-22: That escalated quickly.
   25. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4730382)
That curve...words fail.
   26. DKDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4730395)
What would it take to convince east coast baseball fans to shut the #### up about late games?


That’s a good question. I’m guessing that you will continue to hear complaints as long as ~75% of the US population is asleep when the typical west coast game ends. I’m not sure what the magic number is when you will stop hearing complaints. Maybe 50%?
   27. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4730406)
Second highest nine-inning game score of all time after Wood's 20k game.

24 days after Beckett. Second fastest team no-hitters after Vander Meer.

   28. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4730411)
What would it take to convince east coast baseball fans to shut the #### up about late games?


I concur. As a night owl, and father of young kids, one of my nightly pleasures is being able to watch some late night baseball uninterrupted (and hear Vin Scully) courtesy of the Pacific time zone ball clubs.

signed
resident living in eastern time zone.
   29. Esoteric Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4730417)

signed
resident living in eastern time zone.
Hear, hear.

I love love love love love late games.
   30. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4730422)
and unlike so many comparisons to former greats the koufax comp is more than justified. he's almost a dead ringer for sandy from a pitcher/player/team perspective.


Except that Koufax was a clean-cut Jewish boy from Brooklyn, while Kershaw is a kid from Texas with a scraggly hillbilly beard. They are almost comically different in that respect.
   31. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4730436)
According to the Dan Patrick show, someone calculated that Vin Scully has called 7% of all the no-hitters in MLB history
   32. Hank G. Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4730439)
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   33. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4730457)
Saw online this was happening but living in the LA area and this being 2014 had no way to watch it. Job well done by everybody involved.
   34. Batman Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4730458)
According to the Dan Patrick show, someone calculated that Vin Scully has called 7% of all the no-hitters in MLB history
He has called 40% of all games.
   35. Batman Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4730459)
Saw online this was happening but living in the LA area and this being 2014 had no way to watch it. Job well done by everybody involved.
MLB Network showed at least the last two innings.
   36. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4730462)
One of my favorite baseball photos of all time:
http://wapc.mlb.com/cutfour/2013/10/08/62681420/kershaw-and-koufax-embrace-after-nlds-win
   37. Booey Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4730469)
Except that Koufax was a clean-cut Jewish boy from Brooklyn


Weren't all players in the 60's clean cut? I thought I remembered reading that the early 70's A's with guys like Reggie Jackson , Rollie Fingers, and Catfish Hunter were the first team in like 50 or 60 years to feature players with facial hair.

Before that it was like one of those unspoken rules of baseball or something that all players needed to be well groomed.
   38. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4730479)
The Seattle Mariners had two no-hitters in 2012.
   39. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM (#4730488)
One of my favorite baseball photos of all time:

Thanks for the reminder. That photo is awesome.
   40. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM (#4730495)
I thought I remembered reading that the early 70's A's with guys like Reggie Jackson , Rollie Fingers, and Catfish Hunter were the first team in like 50 or 60 years to feature players with facial hair.

Finley offered players bonuses to grow out the facial hair. It was a marketing gimmick
   41. Booey Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4730512)
Finley offered players bonuses to grow out the facial hair. It was a marketing gimmick


Yeah, I've heard that. But what was the reason no player in the previous 50 years ever bothered to? Just tradition? Back before the turn of the century it seemed like pretty much every player rocked a wicked cool 'stache. Then they just stopped basically overnight and didn't come back for over half a century.
   42. Davo Dozier Posted: June 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4730519)
I'm 29, but if Hollywood and Mad Men are reliable sources, very few adult men had facial hair in the 40s-60s.
   43. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4730535)
After WW I, facial hair became associated with anarchists, communists, and furriners in general.
   44. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4730538)
I'm 29, but if Hollywood and Mad Men are reliable sources, very few adult men had facial hair in the 40s-60s.


Unless you were a Fleet Air Arm pilot during WW2.
   45. Perry Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4730540)
I'm 29, but if Hollywood and Mad Men are reliable sources, very few adult men had facial hair in the 40s-60s.


This is all making me feel very old, but yeah, it wasn't just a ballplayer thing, virtually nobody had facial hair then except real counterculture types. Around 1969-70, if memory serves, it started becoming a little bit more mainstream. Joe Namath was the first athlete I remember to have any, with his Fu Manchu that he shaved off for a (Norelco, I think) commercial in '68 or '69. Derek Sanderson had one around the same time. Then the early-70s As, and by 1973 or so it was everywhere in sports (and everywhere else).

   46. theboyqueen Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4730577)
What would it take to convince the west coast teams to start their games at 9 PM instead of 10 PM? Or even just the games that Kershaw is starting or they are playing against East Coast teams.


West coast games start at 7PM, just like everywhere else.
   47. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4730589)
It was a great game. I was there. I was a bit worried about his pitch count early in the game, but the Rockies made a bunch of quick outs late in the game. It seemed like they were all trying to put the first pitch in play at the end to avoid striking out. After the game, they had an interview on the field that the whole stadium got to hear and his wife even came onto the field, which was cool since I just finished reading the book that the two of them wrote.

Kershaw had been pitching well but getting destroyed on balls in play all season, so it was really nice to see the balls in play go the other way tonight (and Rojas had a true web gem). Kershaw has raised his strikeouts and lowered his walks this season, the results just haven't totally caught up yet.
   48. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 19, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4730598)
What would it take to convince the west coast teams to start their games at 9 PM instead of 10 PM?


What would it take to convince east coast teams to start their games at 5 PM instead of 4 PM? Or maybe even just games played against west coast teams?
   49. dr. scott Posted: June 19, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4730649)
Be glad we don't have 8 time zones like Russia (they used to have 11). When Moscow plays Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky at home the Muscovites are starting breakfast when the game is ending.
   50. alilisd Posted: June 19, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4730651)
he's almost a dead ringer for sandy from a pitcher/player/team perspective.


Kershaw has turned himself into a pretty good hitter, for a pitcher, the past few years. He started out poorly, but has improved dramatically. Sandy never did figure that part out.
   51. DKDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4730694)
#48, I'd happily take that trade: 8 PM local start time for games against west coast visitors in exchange for 9 PM starts on west coast road trips.

I'd still miss out on seeing games like Kershaw last night, but it would improve my chances of seeing the next one and it would allow me to watch more of my team.
   52. Walt Davis Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4731017)
What would it take to convince east coast baseball fans to shut the #### up about late games?

When's the last time you even sent a card on National East Coast Baseball Fan Day? Really, all we want to know is that you're thinking of us from time to time.

(I am on the East Coast of Australia ... would you mind starting your games at 2 am?)
   53. theboyqueen Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4731029)
#48, I'd happily take that trade: 8 PM local start time for games against west coast visitors in exchange for 9 PM starts on west coast road trips.

I'd still miss out on seeing games like Kershaw last night, but it would improve my chances of seeing the next one and it would allow me to watch more of my team.


The solution is to move west.
   54. Srul Itza Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4731033)
I did. Now all the games end by around 7 pm, so they're pretty much over by the time I get home.
   55. theboyqueen Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:25 PM (#4731036)
From this article:

“Well, the Dodgers are certainly on the Ferris wheel right now, riding high, 7-0,” Scully says as a shot of a beachside amusement park brings the broadcast back from commercial. “Seven runs, four hits, a big moment in the career of young Miguel Rojas, as he doubles in three to break the game wide open. A nightmare three innings for Jorge De La Rosa. He has now made 76 pitches in three innings. Now the story really becomes Kershaw. Clayton Kershaw has faced nine batters, retired all nine, while striking out five. If he keeps getting outs, that will be the main part of the story, unless somehow the Rockies get off the floor.”


The quote above is from the third inning. Scully's ability to foreshadow (as if some omniscient narrator) seems preternatural if not supernatural sometimes. I am reminded of his commentary during the first inning of the Kirk Gibson/Eckersley game.
   56. theboyqueen Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:27 PM (#4731039)
I did. Now all the games end by around 7 pm, so they're pretty much over by the time I get home.


Are you talking about games played in vestigial locations such as "New York" and "Boston"?

I don't expect Manchester United to keep to my schedule either.
   57. gehrig97 Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4731080)
Scully's call, with two outs in the eighth: "One out to go. One miserable, measly out to go."

   58. puck Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:44 PM (#4731162)
Kershaw now has 86 strikeouts and 8 walks. Is he actually getting better?
   59. AJMcCringleberry Posted: June 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4731170)
It was the best pitched game I've ever seen.

I caught the last 4 innings, but it is up there with Wood and Pedro's 17 K game for me. He was just ridiculous, I saw one hard hit ball and the Rockies even getting the bat on the ball seemed like a surprise.
   60. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM (#4731216)
Kershaw now has 86 strikeouts and 8 walks. Is he actually getting better?


His FIP and xFIP (1.60 and 1.54) are by far better than anything he's put up before (best of 2.34 and 2.89). His BABIP is the highest it had been since his rookie year (.309 vs. .272 career) and his LOB% is down slightly but within the season to season variability. So yes, I think he has been "unlucky" so far this season and his ERA and WHIP should improve.
   61. AndrewJ Posted: June 20, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4731946)
Scully's ability to foreshadow (as if some omniscient narrator) seems preternatural if not supernatural sometimes. I am reminded of his commentary during the first inning of the Kirk Gibson/Eckersley game.

I've seen some of the TV footage of JFK's Fort Worth breakfast the morning of 11/22/1963, and one of the TV newsmen, waiting for JFK and Jackie to arrive, described the Secret Service security, then spent several minutes describing... McKinley's assassination.

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