LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw pitched one of the most dominant games in baseball history on Wednesday night with his 15-strikeout no-hitter to complete the Dodgers' sweep of the Rockies. Here is a look at some of the more remarkable numbers surrounding the milestone achievement.
Kershaw was 26 years, 91 days old on Wednesday. Sandy Koufax when he threw the first of his four no-hitters, on June 30, 1962 against the Mets, was 26 years, 182 days old.
The only pitcher to strikeout more than Kershaw (15) in a no-hitter is Nolan Ryan, who struck out 17 Tigers on July 15, 1973 and struck out 16 Blue Jays on May 1, 1991.
Kershaw is the only pitcher ever to strikeout 15 in a game while allowing no hits and no walks.
The Dodgers have 22 no-hitters, more than any other franchise in baseball, including 12 in Los Angeles.
Kershaw's game score (a fun stat invented by Bill James as a quick and dirty look at starting pitcher effectiveness) of 102 is the second-highest in a nine-inning game, trailing only Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout one-hitter on May 6, 1998.
Among his 28 batters faced, Kershaw had one three-ball count, to Josh Rutledge in the second inning. Rutledge grounded out to second base.
Kershaw's 15-strikeout, no-walk game is just the second by a Dodgers pitcher dating back to 1914, joining Van Lingle Mungo on Sept. 29, 1935 against the Phillies.
Shields, with 106 pitches, was the last pitcher to strikeout 15 in a complete game in under 110 pitches. Kershaw needed only 107 pitches on Wednesday.
Only three Rockies hit a ball out of the infield on Wednesday night: Brandon Barnes flew out to Scott Van Slyke in center field in the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki flew out to Matt Kemp in left in the fourth, and Charlie Culberson flew out to Yasiel Puig in right field in the ninth.
Koufax has the only perfect game in Dodgers history, on Sept. 9, 1965 against the Cubs, but Kershaw's outing was the fourth complete game by a Dodger with no hits and no walks allowed. Bill Singer no-hit the Phillies on July 20, 1970 with his only baserunner a hit by pitch. Jerry Reuss no-hit the Giants on June 27, 1980 and like Kershaw, his only runner was on an error by the shortstop.
From Dave Cameron at FanGraphs: "His FIP for the game was -0.24, because the model isn’t designed to handle dominance at this level. His xFIP was 0.19."
The Dodgers have the only two no-hitters in the majors this season, with Kershaw and Josh Beckett. The last major league team with two pitchers to throw no-hitters in the same season was the 1972 Cubs (Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas).
The only other Dodgers team to through multiple no-hitters in the same season was the 1956 Brooklyn squad, with Carl Erskine no-hitting the Giants and Sal Maglie the Phillies.
Wednesday was Kershaw's 13th career complete game and eighth career shutout.
Entering this season, Kershaw had seven career starts with nine or more strikeouts and no walks, tied for third-most in baseball from 2010-2013. This year, he already has five such games, in 10 starts.
In June, Kershaw has made four starts, he has four wins, has allowed four runs and has 40 strikeouts with just one walk.
The Dodgers have lopped off 5½ games in 10 days, and now trail the Giants by four games in the National League West.