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There have been two no-hitters posted so far in the 2014 MLB season, both by members of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Wednesday night, Clayton Kershaw pitched the second against the Colorado Rockies.
Less than a month ago, Josh Beckett threw the first no-hitter of his career against the Philadelphia Phillies and the first of the season for any player. His teammate, Kershaw, joined Beckett Wednesday night, throwing the first of his career against the Rockies. Interestingly enough, each no-hitter was caught by a different catcher – Drew Butera for Beckett and A.J. Ellis for Kershaw.
Not only did Kershaw throw a no-no, but he simply dominated the Rockies. He struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed one base runner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez, according to The Associated Press.
His resume now includes two Cy Young awards, three straight major league ERA titles, a 20 win season and a no-hitter. Two things remain on his checklist – a perfect game and a World Series ring.
"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," Kershaw said, notes the LA Times. For the first time in Dodgers history, the franchise has recorded two no-hitters in the same season.
"I was tearing up in the ninth inning," Ellis said. "To do it with my best friend on the mound means the world."
What makes it more impressive is that Kershaw did it against a high-powered Rockies team that is ranked as the second-most efficient offense in the major leagues right now, notes OddsShark.