In today's Dodgers news update, Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw's amazing June was officially recognized by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, as Kershaw was voted National League Pitcher of the Month.
Per the Los Angeles Dodgers' official press release, Kershaw, who tossed his first career no-hitter on June 18th, led all qualifying MLB pitchers with a 0.82 ERA last month, along with pacing the Majors in wins (six) and strikeouts (61).
Kershaw also threw two complete games in June along with holding opposing hitters to zero earned runs over his three starts - a span of 24.0 scoreless innings. The 24.0 inning scoreless streak is the longest of the two-time Cy Young Award winner's career, surpassing his previous best of 22.0 scoreless innings from May 8-19 of 2012.
However, the most indelible moment of Kershaw's stunning June has to be his brush with history on June 18th. Kershaw joined teammate Josh Beckett as the second pitcher in the Dodgers' rotation to toss a no-hitter in 2014, striking out 15 Colorado Rockies at Chavez Ravine without issuing a walk or hit by pitch. The only baserunner to reach in the game did so on an error in the seventh inning.
Per Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw's 15 Ks are the most by any pitcher in MLB history that did not allow a walk, hit, or hit by pitch in an outing.
This month's award marks the third NL Pitcher of the Month award for Kershaw during his young career. He also won the award in July of 2011 and July of 2013.
Other pitchers receiving votes in June included Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta (4-0, 0.92 ERA) and rookie San Diego Padres right-hander Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.95 ERA).
Kershaw will receive an engraved commemorative trophy in honor of his amazing performance.
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