Just Say “No-No”: Will Dodgers Break No-Hitter Record?

Last week Clayton Kershaw pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers second no-hitter of the season – a month after Josh Beckett’s no-no.

With the 3rd best pitching in the National League and a rotation that includes:

  • the Cy Young Award Winning Kershaw (7-2/ 2.52 ERA)
  • Becket (5-4/ 2.28 ERA)
  • Zack Greinke (9-3 / 2.57 ERA)
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3/ 3.06 ERA)

The Dodgers could be the first team to throw three no-hitters in a season.

CLAYTON KERSHAW’S NO-NO (6/18)

Breaking Down A No-Hitter

  • It would have been a perfect game but for the error of Hanley Ramirez who is ranked 23rd in MLB for fielding percentage.
  • Reached 3-balls count only once.
  • Only 3 Rockies hit the ball out of the infield
  • Kershaw recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts, 14 of which came on breaking balls
  • The 14 strikeouts on breaking balls are the most in a single start since pitch types were begun to be tracked, in 2009.
  • According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Kershaw’s 15 strikeouts are tied for the third-most strikeouts in a no-hitter in MLB history.
  • The only pitcher in MLB history with more strikeouts in a no-hitter is Nolan Ryan, who did it twice (17 in 1973 with the Angels and 16 in 1991 with the Rangers).
  • Kershaw tied Warren Spahn for most strikeouts in a no-hitter by a left-handed pitcher. Spahn did it in 1960.
  • Kershaw is the third reigning Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-hitter, and the second to do so in a Dodgers uniform. Sandy Koufax did it for the Dodgers in 1964 and Bob Gibson did so for the Cardinals in 1971.
  • The Dodgers now have 22 no-hitters in their history, most of any MLB team. No other team has more than 18.
  • A legitimate case could be made for Kershaw’s pitching performance on Wednesday as the best individual pitching performance all-time. Kershaw’s Game Score was 102. Over the past 100 years, that’s the second-highest Game Score in a nine-inning game. Only Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game in 1998 was higher (105), but Wood allowed a hit in that game.

ESPN’s Top Ten Facts About Kershaw’s No-Hitter

SB Nation – Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter, by the number.

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV SO Awards
2006 18 LAD-min Rk 2 0 1.000 1.95 10 8 1 0 0 1 54 DGR · GULF
2007 19 LAD-min A,AA 8 7 .533 2.95 25 25 0 0 0 0 163 GRL,JCK · MIDW,SOUL
2008 20 LAD-min AA 2 3 .400 1.91 13 11 0 0 0 0 59 JCK · SOUL
2008 20 LAD NL 5 5 .500 4.26 22 21 0 0 0 0 100
2009 21 LAD NL 8 8 .500 2.79 31 30 1 0 0 0 185
2010 22 LAD NL 13 10 .565 2.91 32 32 0 1 1 0 212
2011 ★ 23 LAD NL 21 5 .808 2.28 33 33 0 5 2 0 248 AS,CYA-1,MVP-12,GG
2012 ★ 24 LAD NL 14 9 .609 2.53 33 33 0 2 2 0 229 AS,CYA-2,MVP-16
2013 ★ 25 LAD NL 16 9 .640 1.83 33 33 0 3 2 0 232 AS,CYA-1,MVP-7
2014 26 LAD-min AA,A+ 0 0 1.80 2 2 0 0 0 0 15 CNG,RCU · SOUL,CALL
2014 26 LAD NL 7 2 .778 2.52 10 10 0 2 1 0 86
7 Yrs 84 48 .636 2.60 194 192 1 13 8 0 1292
162 Game Avg. 15 8 .636 2.60 34 34 0 2 1 0 228
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2014.

JOSH BECKETT’S NO-NO (5/25)

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV SO Awards
2000 20 FLA-min A 2 3 .400 2.12 13 12 0 0 0 0 61 KNC · MIDW
2001 21 FLA-min AA,A+ 14 1 .933 1.54 26 25 0 0 0 0 203 PRT,BRE · EL,FLOR
2001 21 FLA NL 2 2 .500 1.50 4 4 0 0 0 0 24
2002 22 FLA-min A+,Rk 1 0 1.000 1.80 2 2 0 0 0 0 19 JUP,JUM · FLOR,GULF
2002 22 FLA NL 6 7 .462 4.10 23 21 0 0 0 0 113
2003 23 FLA-min AA,A+ 0 0 2.57 2 2 0 0 0 0 12 CAR,JUP · SOUL,FLOR
2003 23 FLA NL 9 8 .529 3.04 24 23 1 0 0 0 152
2004 24 FLA NL 9 9 .500 3.79 26 26 0 1 1 0 152
2005 25 FLA NL 15 8 .652 3.38 29 29 0 2 1 0 166
2006 26 BOS AL 16 11 .593 5.01 33 33 0 0 0 0 158
2007 ★ 27 BOS AL 20 7 .741 3.27 30 30 0 1 0 0 194 AS,CYA-2,MVP-22
2008 28 BOS AL 12 10 .545 4.03 27 27 0 1 0 0 172
2009 ★ 29 BOS AL 17 6 .739 3.86 32 32 0 4 2 0 199 AS
2010 30 BOS-min AAA 0 0 4.50 2 2 0 0 0 0 7 PAW · IL
2010 30 BOS AL 6 6 .500 5.78 21 21 0 0 0 0 116
2011 ★ 31 BOS AL 13 7 .650 2.89 30 30 0 1 1 0 175 AS,CYA-9
2012 32 TOT MLB 7 14 .333 4.65 28 28 0 0 0 0 132
2012 32 BOS AL 5 11 .313 5.23 21 21 0 0 0 0 94
2012 32 LAD NL 2 3 .400 2.93 7 7 0 0 0 0 38
2013 33 LAD NL 0 5 .000 5.19 8 8 0 1 0 0 41
2014 34 LAD-min A+ 0 1 .000 6.75 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 RCU · CALL
2014 34 LAD NL 5 4 .556 2.28 14 14 0 1 1 0 84
14 Yrs 137 104 .568 3.87 329 326 1 12 6 0 1878
162 Game Avg. 14 11 .568 3.87 34 34 0 1 1 0 195
BOS (7 yrs) 89 58 .605 4.17 194 194 0 7 3 0 1108
FLA (5 yrs) 41 34 .547 3.46 106 103 1 3 2 0 607
LAD (3 yrs) 7 12 .368 3.17 29 29 0 2 1 0 163
NL (8 yrs) 48 46 .511 3.40 135 132 1 5 3 0 770
AL (7 yrs) 89 58 .605 4.17 194 194 0 7 3 0 1108
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2014.

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NO TEAM HAS SURPASSED TWO NO-NOs IN A SEASON

  • Dodgers are the 14th team to pitch two in a season.
  • They join the Boston Americans (1904), Cleveland Naps (1908), Boston Red Sox (1916 and 1962), St Louis Browns (1917), Cincinnati Reds (1938), New York Yankees (1951), Detroit Tigers (1952), Brooklyn Dodgers (1956), Milwaukee Braves (1960), Chicago Cubs (1972), California Angeles (1973)and Seattle Mariners (2012)

Eleventh No-Hitter at Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium Opened: 1962 11 no-hitters; 8 thrown by the Dodgers and 3 by the other team

This is the 2d most of any current ballpark next to Fenway Park which has 14 (but is 50 years older than Dodger Stadium).

Date Score
5/5/1962 Los Angeles Angels 2, Baltimore Orioles 0 [box]
6/30/1962 Los Angeles Dodgers 5, New York Mets 0 [box]
5/11/1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 8, San Francisco Giants 0 [box]
9/9/1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago Cubs 0 [box]
7/20/1970 Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0 [box]
6/29/1990 Los Angeles Dodgers 6, St. Louis Cardinals 0 [box]
7/28/1991 Montreal Expos 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 [box]
8/17/1992 Los Angeles Dodgers 2, San Francisco Giants 0 [box]
4/8/1994 Atlanta Braves 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 [box]
7/14/1995 Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Florida Marlins 0 [box]
6/18/2014 Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Colorado Rockies 0 [box]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

25 DODGER NO-HITTERS

FROM WIKIPEDIA     The most of any team but it includes various Brooklyn teams that preceded the Brooklyn Dodgers included the  Brooklyn Atlantics, Brooklyn Grays, Brooklyn Bridegrooms, Brooklyn Grooms, Brooklyn Superbas and Brooklyn Robins.

# Date Pitcher Final score Base- runners Opponent Notes
1 October 4, 1884 Sam Kimber 0–0 (10) 4 Toledo Blue Stockings
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter at home in franchise history
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • First extra-inning no-hitter in franchise history and first in MLB history
  • Latest calendar date of franchise’s no-hitter
2 July 24, 1886 Adonis Terry(1) 4–0 5 St. Louis Browns
3 May 27, 1888 Adonis Terry(2) 1–0 1 Louisville Colonels
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise’s no-hitter (tie)
4 June 22, 1891 Tom Lovett 4–0 1 New York Giants
5 July 20, 1906 Mal Eason 2–0 2 St. Louis Cardinals
  • First no-hitter on the road in franchise history
6 September 5, 1908 Nap Rucker£ 6–0 3 Boston Doves
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Second game of a doubleheader
7 September 13, 1925 Dazzy Vance* 10–1 1 Philadelphia Phillies
  • First game of a doubleheader
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise’s no-hitter (tie)
  • First and only franchise’s no-hitter while allowing a run
8 April 30, 1940 Tex Carleton 3–0 3 Cincinnati Reds
9 April 23, 1946 Ed Head 5–0 3 Boston Braves
  • Earliest calendar date of franchise’s no-hitter
10 September 9, 1948 Rex Barney 2–0 2 New York Giants
  • First game of a doubleheader
11 June 19, 1952 Carl Erskine(1) 5–0 1 Chicago Cubs
12 May 12, 1956 Carl Erskine(2) 3–0 2 New York Giants
13 September 25, 1956 Sal Maglie 5–0 3 Philadelphia Phillies
  • Last no-hitter before moving to Los Angeles
14 June 30, 1962 Sandy Koufax£(1) 5–0 5 New York Mets
  • First no-hitter since moving to Los Angeles
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise’s no-hitter
15 May 11, 1963 Sandy Koufax£(2) 8–0 2 San Francisco Giants
16 June 4, 1964 Sandy Koufax£(3) 3–0 1 @Philadelphia Phillies
  • Only baserunner was a walk to Dick Allen, who was then caught stealing
17 September 9, 1965 Sandy Koufax£¶*(4) 1–0 0 Chicago Cubs
  • First and only perfect game in Dodgers history
  • Dodgers only managed two baserunners and one hit, setting records for fewest baserunners and hits in a game by both teams combined
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise’s no-hitter (tie)
  • The last no-hitter thrown against the Cubs to date
  • See also: Sandy Koufax’s perfect game
18 July 20, 1970 Bill Singer 5–0 3 Philadelphia Phillies
  • Singer did not allow any walks, but hit one batter and committed two errors
19 June 27, 1980 Jerry Reuss£ 8–0 1 San Francisco Giants
  • Only baserunner came on SS Bill Russell‘s error with 2 outs in the 1st
20 June 29, 1990 Fernando Valenzuela£ 6–0 3 St. Louis Cardinals
  • Second of two no-hitters thrown on the same day
21 August 17, 1992 Kevin Gross 2–0 3 San Francisco Giants
22 July 14, 1995 Ramón Martínez 7–0 1 Florida Marlins
  • On June 3 of that same season, Martínez’s brother Pedro pitched nine perfect innings but had the bid broken up by a leadoff single in the 10th. Otherwise, the Martínezes would have become the second brother combo, after the Forsches (Ken and Bob), to pitch Major League no-hitters, and the first to do so during the same season.
23 September 17, 1996 Hideo Nomo 9–0 4 Colorado Rockies
  • First no hitter thrown at Coors Field
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise’s no-hitter (tie)
24 May 25, 2014 Josh Beckett 6–0 3 @Philadelphia Phillies
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
25 June 18, 2014 Clayton Kershaw£ 8–0 1 Colorado Rockies
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • Only baserunner came on SS Hanley Ramírez‘s error with no outs in the 7th

 

 

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