Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:
“I think that anytime there is a special moment for someone, you want to watch how the guy responds,” (Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) said. “Clayton, obviously, I have a lot of respect for. I know how hard he works.
“It’s nice for me to see how something means enough to bring tears to (their) eyes. It means that they care. I care a lot about this game and it was a special moment for me, too, to see somebody who values this game so much and see it pay off.”
“His breaking stuff was pretty much unhittable tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “When his fastball is hitting 95 mph, his breaking stuff is hard to deal with.”
In the critical ninth inning, fans were on their feet, taking flash pictures for posterity with their smart phones. First, Kershaw got DJ LeMahieu to ground out to first. Next, he got Charlie Culberson to pop out to right. Kershaw finished his masterpiece by striking out Corey Dickerson with an 87 mph slider.
“I wasn’t going up there to take (a pitch), that’s for sure,” Dickerson said. “But he was throwing strikes all night and getting ahead of everybody.”
After Dickerson struck out to become part of history, he slowly walked to the Rockies’ dugout, all the while peeking over his shoulder to watch Kershaw being mobbed by his teammates.
“He’s always been a stand-up guy and a class act,” Dickerson said. “His stuff was phenomenal tonight. I think all of the guys felt that. So we tip our cap to him.”
“His fastball had a little cut to it and he was painting the corners. Then he got ahead and was able to use his curveball. His velo (velocity) was up and he still had movement.”
Not all of the Rockies were quite so enthralled about being part of Dodgers history.
“Not good, not good. It’s terrible,” said Brandon Barnes, when asked about his team being no-hit. “He was just making his pitches when he needed to. He’s a good pitcher and he’s got good stuff. That’s why he gets paid a lot of money. But there is nothing we could have done about it tonight. We gave it everything we had.”