Clayton Kershaw became the second Dodgers pitcher this season to spin a no-hitter, but his was a bit more impressive than Josh Beckett's. And it could have been a perfect game if not for one Hanley Ramirez throwing error in the seventh.
The best way to compare no-hitters is in the walk and strikeout categories, and Kershaw's was outstanding. He allowed no walks and had a career-high 15 strikeouts—in 107 pitches—ending the game by punching out Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson. Of course, Vin Scully handled the final pitch (and full game) perfectly.
Even in the later innings, Kershaw looked like he was effortlessly pitching. The guy known for being a perfectionist placed his stuff accurately and seemed to be at ease as he did. His first no-no just reinforces what we already knew about the Dodgers' ace: Clayton Kershaw is a beast.