Published on 19 June 2014
Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw's no-hitter gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett threw one on May 25th in Philadelphia. Normally we watch pitchers gain momentum in a no-hit bid, but on this magical night, Kershaw had that momentum from the first inning and never lost it. In addition to the 15 strikeouts, Kershaw allowed only three balls to be hit out of the infield -- Brandon Barnes flew out to center in the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki flew out to left in the third inning, and Charlie Culberson flew out to right in the ninth inning. That's it. Every other out was recorded on the infield. Kershaw's performance was total domination and it did not come against any other team. The Rockies currently lead the National League in runs scored and Kershaw no-hit them and racked up the 15 strikeouts. An announced crowd of 46,069 were at Dodger Stadium to witness history and something tells me this won't be the last no-hitter that the left-hander will throw in his career.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Brian McCann went 2-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays. McCann is starting to heat up, but he still has a long way to go to get his numbers to a respectable level. He is hitting .226 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI. His fourth-inning homer off of Mark Buehrle was his eighth of the season, and his third in his last three games. He also unloaded the bases with a seventh-inning triple off of Chad Jenkins.
Alfredo Simon improved to 10-3 by allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Pirates. Simon left with one out in the sixth after a rain delay. Simon allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out five Pirates. He is the first in the National League to double-digit wins and owns a 3.05 ERA. Simon will face the Cubs on the road in his next start.
- On Wednesday, Bartolo Colon got his first hit since 2005 and it was a double! Let's just give him the Silver Slugger now! Colon even scored when Eric Young followed with a double to center and the Mets won 3-2. The double snapped a 0-43 drought at the plate and at 41-years old, Colon can still get it done!
Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets according to Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Stanton's left wrist, which he hurt in a collision with the outfield wall Wednesday, was swollen after the game but the marlins did not feel the need to send him for any tests. Stanton homered after suffering the injury in the first, but the wrist got tighter as the game went on.
Andrew Heaney will make his major league debut tonight when the Marlins face the Mets. One of the top prospects in baseball, Heaney should be picked up in all fantasy leagues where he is still available. The 23-year-old left-hander has a 2.47 ERA in 76 2/3 innings this season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He carries front-line starter potential and must be owned in all fantasy formats.
- The Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game on Wednesday afternoon in Detroit as they completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers. The win increased the Royals lead to 1 1/2 games over the Tigers in the American League Central. The last time the Royals were in first place after 70 games or more since August 29th, 2003. The Royals are 15-4 in their last 19 games and after pummeling Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer and scoring 22 runs in the first two games, Wednesday's contest was a pitching duel that Jeremy Guthrie was better than Drew Smyly. Meanwhile, the Tigers have lost 12 of their last 17 games.
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