Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw had one of the most impressive calendar months ever for a major-league pitcher this June.
Kershaw struck out 13 batters and allowed only five hits in L.A.’s 6-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, extending his scoreless streak to 28 innings. He went 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA, 61 strikeouts and four walks in 44 innings this month.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, only three other pitchers have gone 6-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA and 50 or more strikeouts in a month: Dodgers RHP Hideo Nomo in June 1995, Arizona Diamondbacks LHP Randy Johnson in April 2000, and Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander in June 2011.
Kershaw’s month was highlighted by his first career no-hitter, in which he struck out 15 Colorado Rockies batters. He issued no walks, but he didn’t get credited with a perfect game because of a throwing error by teammate Hanley Ramirez.
Kershaw went 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 97.1 IP for the 2007 Great Lakes Loons.