On Thursday night, Miami Marlins rookie left-hander Andrew Heaney commanded most of the attention from fantasy owners for his major league debut against the New York Mets, but it was his opponent Zack Wheeler who delivered the gem. One year and one day removed from his major league debut, Wheeler threw his first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins in Miami. Wheeler allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters. He faced one batter over the minimum with the help of three double-play grounders and needed 111 pitches to finish off the gem. His final pitch was clocked at 96 mph. The Mets spoiled Heaney's MLB debut, but the best left-handed prospect in baseball was impressive for the Marlins. He held the Mets to a run on four hits, walked one and struck out three. His only mistake came in the first inning when he gave up a David Wright homer to center.
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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.
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