Clayton Kershaw is widely regarded as one of the best pitchers of his generation. Though his shortcomings in October are a glaring blemish on his Hall of Fame resume, there might not be a better regular season pitcher than the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty. On June 18, 2014, he delivered one of the most dominant pitching performances in MLB history.
That's right, folks. Six years ago, Kershaw spun the only no-hitter of his distinguished career. If it's at all possible, calling his outing a no-no would almost be doing it a disservice. After all, there's been 302 others just like it.
Most fans will be quick to remember that Kershaw deserved perfection against the Colorado Rockies. The three-time Cy Young retired 27 of 28 batters, with the exception coming on a freaking throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. There's no counting how many times no-hitters and perfect games have been saved by an incredible defensive play. Kershaw just so happened to be deprived of the latter because of his defense.
That error led off the seventh inning, so the eight-time All-Star was able to rebound and record nine more outs to preserve the no-no. He did so in historic fashion by striking out 15 batters without conceding a single walk.
Just look at how sexy Kershaw's final stat line was.
Broadcasting legend Vin Scully being behind the call really makes the moment all the more treasurable. This will go down as one of the greatest singular performances in Dodgers history, and that speaks volumes taking their illustrious history into consideration.
Try to find a more complete pitching performance in the last decade. We dare you.