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On this date: Clayton Kershaw throws no-hitter

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Kershaw was nearly perfect on this date in 2014

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It’s the fifth anniversary of one of the most dominant pitching performances in baseball history. Clayton Kershaw struck out 15 and walked none in his first and only no-hitter to date.

It was the moment everyone was waiting for, and it didn’t disappoint. Every out more exhilarating than the last and every second more nerve-racking.

The only blemish that kept Kershaw from a pitching perfect game was an error committed by Hanley Ramirez. Presumably under a lot of pressure, he misfired his throw to Adrian Gonzalez at first base to allow Corey Dickerson to get aboard. All other batters were retired.

Despite the Ramirez error to blow the perfect game, the offense was able to provide their ace with seven runs of support to complete the sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

It was fitting that No. 22 was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers history. He remains the most recent Dodger to throw one.

June 18, 2014 box score

Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter will be honored on Tuesday night with a bobblehead night. As a bonus, Kershaw will also be starting against the Giants.

Five whole years. Wow.