Clayton Kershaw thanked his teammates and fans after pitching a no-hitter and, very nearly, a perfect game.
The guy to whom he really should send a fruit basket — maybe an edible arrangement? — is Vin Scully.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ iconic announcer has announced, in his own velvety, perfect way, seven percent of all no-hitters that have occurred in the 139 years that Major League Baseball has tracked these things. Kershaw’s no-hitter was the 19th Scully has called — he had bronchitis and missed Josh Beckett’s last month. But for a throwing error, it would have been Scully’s fourth perfect game.
Kershaw struck out 15 batters in the first no-hitter of a career that includes two National League Cy Young awards and lost his bid for perfection on Hanley Ramirez’s throwing error in the seventh inning. No Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 has thrown a perfect game.
“I’m so amazed,” Kershaw said after the Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I’ve got Josh to thank. We just kept scoring so many runs, I just didn’t want to screw that up.”
Major League Baseball put together 7-plus minutes of Scully highlights, which are almost as good as the Kershaw highlights.
Afterward, Scully, 86, was as cool and professional as his call:
Vin Scully, in the elevator to Ellen Kershaw, Clayton’s wife: “So, Ellen. What’s new?”
— Everett Cook (@everettcook) June 19, 2014