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The start after the no-hitter

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The last Dodgers pitcher to win his next start immediately following his no-hitter was Sandy Koufax in 1964.

Hideo Nomo lost in San Diego five days after throwing a no-hitter at Coors Field in 1996.
Hideo Nomo lost in San Diego five days after throwing a no-hitter at Coors Field in 1996.
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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw makes his first start since his no-hitter, looking to join Johnny Vandeer Meer, who 76 years ago was the only major league pitcher to throw no-hitters in back-to-back starts.

No team has thrown more no-hitters than the 22 tossed by the Dodgers, so we have a lot of games with which to see how Dodgers pitchers did in their first start after throwing a no-hitter. Of the first 21 no-hitters thrown by the Dodgers, 18 have been since 1914, the earliest year for which there are full game logs.

Beginning with Dazzy Vance in 1925 and ending with Josh Beckett in 2014, here are the Dodgers' no-hit pitchers and their very next start after the no-hitter.

Dodgers in start immediately following no-hitter^
Pitcher Date Opp Days Rest
Dec IP H R ER BB K
Dazzy Vance 9/18/25 @StL 4 L 7⅔ 12 9 9 3 8
Tex Carleton 5/9/40 @Chi 8 8 4 1 1 2 4
Ed Head 4/30/46 @Chi 6 9 9 1 1 3 3
Rex Barney 9/13/48 Chi 3 W 9 9 4 4 3 5
Carl Erskine 6/25/52 StL 3* W 9 8 1 1 1 3
Carl Erskine 5/18/56 Cin 5 2⅓ 6 5 5 2 1
Sal Maglie 9/29/56 Pit 3 W 9 6 2 2 1 6
Sandy Koufax 7/4/62 Phi 3 W 9 5 1 1 3 10
Sandy Koufax 5/15/63 Phi 3 W 12 11 2 2 0 12
Sandy Koufax 6/8/64 Cin 3 W 9 4 1 1 0 5
Sandy Koufax 9/14/65 @Chi 4 L 6 5 2 1 0 3
Bill Singer 7/24/70 @NY 3 9 5 1 1 3 7
Jerry Reuss 7/1/80 SD 3 L 7 4 4 0 3 3
Fernando Valenzuela 7/4/90 Chi 4 L 7 10 5 4 1 2
Kevin Gross 8/22/92 Chi 4 8 6 3 3 1 6
Ramon Martinez
7/19/95 Hou 4 7 9 5 0 1 5
Hideo Nomo
9/22/96 @SD 4 L 5 7 3 3 3 3
Josh Beckett
5/30/14 Pit 4 L 5 5 2 2 1 5
Totals: 6-6, 2.67 ERA, 1.130 WHIP, 7⅔ IP/start
138 125 52 41 31 91

^Neither Baseball-Reference or Retrosheet have game logs for the years of the Dodgers' first three no-hitters: Thomas Lovett in 1891, Malcolm Eason in 1906, and Nap Rucker in 1908.

*Erskine pitched his first no-hitter on June 19, 1952 against Chicago, then two days later pitched the final inning of a win to earn a save. His next start came on June 25 against St. Louis, six days after his no-hitter but four days after his last appearance.