Thursday, June 19, 2014

Vin Scully calling Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter was perfection

Los Angeles Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw lost his perfect game bid in the seventh inning, but went on to handle things all by himself the rest of the way, completing a 15-strikeout no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies in the process. But, perfection came to fruition with Vin Scully behind the microphone.

Scully in his own beautiful game story-telling ripped off these snippets along the way.

In reference to Hanley Ramirez's error - "It's the only blot on the escutcheon of Clayton Kershaw."

On speaking of no-hitter in middle of game - "Since we don't believe in superstition, our job is to give you information."

After recording last out in eighth inning - "After eight innings he has not allowed a hit. Breathes a big sigh of relief as he walks off the field. And he has three outs to go and amongst the large crowd, the BIIG heart of his wife Ellen beats a little faster."

After second out of the ninth inning - "And there is one out to go. One miserable, measly out."

Before and after the final pitch - "To try to put yourself in Kershaw's position, after all his is a professional, but your mouth has to be dry. Your throat has to be dry. O and 2. Got him! He's done it!"

After the game - "A big moment in a young life."

Here is Scully's call of each out (and the Ramirez error) from the game courtesy of

To end, here are some numbers behind the no-hitter:
  • This was Kershaw's first no-no
  • Scully has called 20 no-hitters
  • It was the second no-hitter of the season, with Kershaw's teammate Josh Beckett registering the first one.
  • Kershaw tossed just 107 pitches, 79 for strikes
  • He threw 6 pitches in the ninth inning
  • Kershaw's 15 strikeouts is a new career-high
  • The Dodgers have the most no-hitters of any MLB team with 22
  • 12 of the Dodgers' no-hitters have been tossed in Los Angeles and the other 10 were thrown in Brooklyn
No perfecto on the mound last night in L.A., but there was perfection as usual in the booth. Congrats to Clayton Kershaw and thank you Vin Scully.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer/editor and the Director of Content Strategy for Sportsideo.