LOS ANGELES – Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who threw his first career no-hitter on Wednesday, June 18, has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending June 22. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Kershaw was unhittable in his only start of the week, leading the Dodgers to an 8-0 victory and completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Facing the best-hitting team in the Majors, the three-time N.L. All-Star needed just 107 pitches (79 strikes) in 9.0 innings of work to earn his first career no-hitter and to improve to 7-2 on the season. Kershaw faced just one batter over the minimum in the outing and did not issue a walk, while fanning 15 Rockies hitters. The only batter to reach base did so by way of an error to lead off the seventh inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 15 strikeouts were the most in Major League history by a pitcher that did not allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch. The previous mark of 14 strikeouts in such a performance was shared by Nap Rucker (September 5, 1908), Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965) and Matt Cain (June 13, 2012). In addition, the 15 strikeouts were tied for third-most overall in a no-hitter, and tied for the most by a left-hander, matching Hall of Famer Warren Spahn (15 on September 16, 1960). Kershaw’s performance was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodger franchise history, which is the most by any Major League club. It came just 24 days after his teammate Josh Beckett threw his first career no-hitter (May 25 vs. PHI), marking the shortest span between no-hitters by a team since Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer did it in consecutive starts on June 11 and 15, 1938 (Elias Sports Bureau). With the no-hitter, Kershaw saw his ERA dip to 2.52 (18 ER/64.1 IF) for the season. This is his fourth career Player of the Week honor, having previously won April 1-7, 2013; May 14-20, 2012; and June 20-26, 2011.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Kershaw’s Dodger teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 1.50 ERA, 8 SO, 12.0 IP); Colorado’s Corey Dickerson (.500, 11 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .955 SLG, .522 OBP); Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman (.394, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, .667 SLG, .412 OBP); Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard (.345, 6 R, 10 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .690 SLG, .441 OBP); Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez (.500, 9 R, 14 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .964 SLG, .517 OBP); David Wright (.444, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .815 SLG, .448 OBP) and Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 8 SO, 9.0 IP) of the New York Mets; and Washington’s Rafael Soriano (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 4 SV, 6 SO, 5.0 IP).

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Clayton Kershaw will be awarded a watch, courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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  1. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Bobby,

    In a word, Ditto.

    “Facing the best-hitting team in the Majors….” Not to take anything away from Kershaw’s no-hitter, but are the Rockies the best hitting team on the road, or is a large part of their hitting prowess brought about by half their games being at Coors Field? Wasn’t the no hitter at pitcher friendly Dodger Stadium?

    • Badger says:

      Kansas City Misery.

      That’s a good looking team they got there. They won’t win anything, they never do since they last did, 1985, they don’t draw and nobody really gives a crap – but they play decent baseball there.

      Tee it up again tomorrow.

      • Badger says:

        “Carl Crawford appears weeks away from returning”. It also appears my time table for him helping this team is months off. If he helps at all, it may not be until August.

        Anybody seen Andre Ethier? Unless he catches fire there will be no third straight 3+ WAR. I don’t see fire. I see confusion. Am still hopeful.

        We are no longer undefeated this summer. Dammit.

        Player of the Week (for one game) goes for Vander Meer tie today. (LA Times) Yeah right. How about we hold them to under 5 runs and score enough to win.

        • Campy says:

          What really happened to Crawford’s ankle? This is no typical strain, but I haven’t seen anything about it. It begins to appear that we have another “Kemp strain” on our hands that will result in an entire season of rest and recovery.

          • Roger Dodger says:

            Campy, I can see some Dodger fans having the “Kemp strain” and not going to as many games or watching / listening to as many games — because of their lack of play.

            Yes, some fans stick with them thought thick and thin — others tire of a .500 club going no where, a team with so many holes — money or not.

  2. Badger says:

    It was more than a strain. He rolled it like Kemp did. It will be 2 months.

    Going nowhere Roger? If the playoffs started tomorrow we are in. That’s somewhere. With our starting pitching I like our chances. I would prefer we start post season with our veterans 100% but! who knows if 100% is in our stars.

    .538. That’s 87 wins which won’t be enough. We will need Gordon, Crawford, Kemp, Gonzalez, Uribe, Ramirez, Ethier and Puig to do what they are all capable of doing and we will need them doing it in August, September and October. I won’t give up on them until they are eliminated. I still see them as capable of playing some devastating baseball.

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