Kershaw needed just 107 pitches (79 strikes) to accomplish the feat, and his 15 strikeouts were the most in baseball history by a pitcher who didn't allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch. Three pitchers (Matt Cain in 2012, Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Nap Rucker in 1908) had previously completed no-hitters with 14 strikeouts. Cain and Koufax's no-hitters were perfect games.
Kershaw's performance also featured the third-most strikeouts in a no-hitter, and he tied for the most by a lefty since Warren Spahn on Sept. 16, 1960. It was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history, the most of any club in baseball, and it came less than a month after teammate Josh Beckett threw the 21st.
This was Kershaw's fourth career Player of the Week award. His teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0, 1.50 ERA, eight strikeouts, 12 innings pitched) was recognized for his performance last week.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.