Clayton Kershaw Pitched One of the Greatest No-Hitters of All Time, So His Teammates Were Kind of Excited (Videos)
Clayton Kershaw has been the best pitcher in baseball for several years now, but it wasn’t until last night that he recorded the first no-hitter of his career.
This was not one of those fluke no-hitters, either. Kershaw struck out 15 batters and walked none, with the only Colorado baserunner all night reaching on a throwing error. (Way to go, Hanley Ramirez.)
To understand just how amazing this performance was, though, it helps to look at the Game Score.
You see, Game Score is a really great metric people have devised to assess pitching performances, and you don’t have to have an advanced degree in statistics to understand it. Basically it gives pitchers points for every out they record—plus bonus points for strikeouts—while taking away points for hits, runs, and walks. The highest Game Score ever is Kerry Wood‘s epic 20-strikeout one-hitter in 1998. That got a 105.
The second-highest Game Score ever? Kershaw’s no-hitter. It scored a 102, just narrowly beating out the 101s recorded by Matt Cain, Nolan Ryan, and another legendary Dodgers lefty named Sandy Koufax.
So you see, Kershaw didn’t just throw a no-hitter. He might have thrown the greatest no-hitter of all-time. And it was only fitting that Vin Scully, the greatest baseball broadcaster of all time, was there to call it:
Of course, the significance of Kershaw’s achievement was not lost on his teammates. First they gave him the customary Gatorade shower…followed by a bubble party:
Then, once everybody got inside, they hosed Kershaw down with all types of carbonated adult beverages:
And it wasn’t just Kershaw’s teammates who appreciated the moment. Players around Major League Baseball got on Twitter to congratulate the 26-year-old southpaw:
Even a couple of Rockies chimed in, and their the one’s who got no-hit:
So all-in-all, you could say it was a pretty good night for baseball’s best pitcher. Hopefully, if we’re lucky, there will be more nights like this to come.
Hat Tip – [Cut4]