LOS ANGELES -- A no-hitter, 28 straight scoreless innings, and now Clayton Kershaw can add National League Pitcher of the Month to his June ledger.
The Dodgers' ace took home the award after going 6-0 in June, posting a 0.82 ERA and striking out 61 batters in 44 innings. He held opponents to a .165 batting average -- second in the league.
The left-hander's defining moment was his first career no-hitter against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium on June 18, in which he struck out 15 and fell just an error short of a perfect game. It was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers history.
Kershaw proceeded to throw scoreless outings in his next two starts, blanking the Royals through eight innings and striking out 13 Cardinals through seven. He finished the month in the midst of a 28-innings scoreless streak that he'll carry into his Friday start against the Rockies -- the same team he no-hit -- in Colorado.
Kershaw is 9-2 on the season with a 2.04 ERA.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less