kershaw_2014-06-18

Dodgers 8, Rockies 0: Clayton Kershaw Just Pitched The Best Game You Will Ever See

kershaw_2014-06-18Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: thank you, offense. If you’d told a dozen Dodger fans that Clayton Kershaw was going to throw a no-hitter tonight, I imagine that at least half of them would have said something along the lines of “and he got a no-decision, right?” or “and did he have to hit his own homer to make it a win?” We’re cynical like that. So while on any other night, bouncing Jorge De La Rosa after just 3.1 innings, putting up eight runs, with Matt Kemp continuing his red-hot hitting and Miguel Rojas (!) of all people delivering the big blow would be a big story, we’re just going to acknowledge that the bats did their job early and move right on. Sorry, Adrian Gonzalez. I’m sure you understand.

But Kershaw, I mean… good lord. I’m certain I don’t have the words to do this justice. How could I? With a full understanding how hyperbolic this is going to sound, I’m quite sure that’s the best game I’ve ever seen pitched. It’s very possibly the best game I will ever see pitched in my entire life. “Dominant” doesn’t even begin to describe it. So far as I can tell, no one has ever done what he did, ever. No one has struck out 15 in a game where no hits or walks were allowed. No. One. According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Kershaw’s Game Score of 102 is not only better than Sandy Koufax‘ perfecto, it’s the second best of all time behind Kerry Wood‘s 20 strikeout game. Only Nolan Ryan has ever struck out more in a no-hitter.

I cannot discuss with enough clarity how incredible every single pitch of the night was. He was, quite literally, untouchable, and while I’d love to give you 97 different GIF examples, here’s just one.

 


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And yeah, it’s going to be tough to talk about this game without noting Hanley Ramirez‘ brutal throwing error in the seventh inning that turned this from a perfect game into a no-hitter, and wondering about whether he should have already been out in an 8-0 game. (Yes. Obviously.) But don’t dwell on that. It has nothing to do with how wonderful Kershaw was; besides, minutes later, Rojas took a hit away by making a play he had no business making.

This is the best game I’ve ever seen. It’s the best game you’ve ever seen. I’m not even sure how to do it justice. Clayton Kershaw, we are all so lucky for having you.


Mike

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669 comments
DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

My favorite was at the start of the 9th and Vin says, "I'm gonna be quiet now and watch it with you!"

The Monocle
The Monocle

I went to bed in the 6th, seeing the comfortable lead. Didn't even notice there was a no no in the works.

A_E
A_E

I know this articles now a ghost, but have to say this article is also perfect.  Couldn't have been said better.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I don't know about you guys, but as I read more of the stuff about last night, I keep getting things in my eyes and I start getting feels.

Math Cosmos Feline
Math Cosmos Feline

The only way I could have appreciated it more, is if we scored another run for 9-0. Then we'd have 1 run to represent every inning Kershaw pitched/didn't allow a hit

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I've had so much coffee this morning

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Was up at 6:30, hah

M-P
M-P moderator

@DBrim I've only had one,  but I also slept until like 9:30.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

G'morning everyone.  So, I heard Kershaw was pretty good last night.  That kid just might be a star someday, mark my words.

M-P
M-P moderator

So much Kershaw content coming today you guys

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

Gnatfans approaching panic mode: "The Gnats have lost 9 of their last 10 and now Kershaw is throwing no hitters for LA. It’s definitely grind time if you’re a Gnatfan and now they get another day off. I’ll be sprinkling nails on top of my Frosted Flakes this morning….

Pagan has been sent to Arizona for tests on his back. You already know this. And this is ominous news……

It feels like this season is hanging in the balance, doesn’t it? How did this happen so quickly? Falling off the top of the world, Ma!"

M-P
M-P moderator

Now I'm going to watch the last inning or two from the Rockies broadcast. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

Vin's 6th sense.....The score was 8-0, and Vin said, "Ok, it's 8-0, now the story of this game is all about Kershaw."   That was in the 4th inning! 

moneynow27
moneynow27

On another note, I'm starting to think Rojas is a better baseball player than we all originally thought.....Either that, or he's playing over his head.....Maybe he stays when Figgins is healthy?

Ghost of Dang88
Ghost of Dang88

We couldn't have gotten a better Kershaw picture? *ducks

M-P
M-P moderator

@Dang88 HEY.

That pic was from earlier in the game, I was just trying to get this post written amid all the excitement.

moneynow27
moneynow27

Everything about this game was amazing.....even  Alanna Rizzo's smile during her interview with Clayton.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

JFC

M-P
M-P moderator

I'm watching the ninth again. Vin. "If you don't mind, I'm going to sit back and watch it with you." 

THE BEST.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello

I took an I-phone video of the last 3 outs.....it went very fast.....a treasure for our grandchildren.