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When did A.J. Ellis start thinking ‘no-hitter’ for Clayton Kershaw?

June 19, 2014

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Clayton Kershaw pitched what the Major League Baseball Twitter account called one of the most dominant games in baseball history Wednesday night, striking out 15 Colorado Rockies en route to a no-hitter.

So what was the no-hitter like for Kershaw’s catcher, A.J. Ellis?

“It was just a special night,” Ellis explained on MLB Network Radio. “When you got a guy on the mound who’s competing the way that Clayton does, the breaking balls that he was showing tonight [...] His slider and his curveball were as sharp as I’ve ever seen them. And when you get them both going in the same night, things like this are possible.”

Ellis said that as early as pregame warm-ups, he knew Kershaw was on. But it wasn’t until Troy Tulowitzki, who Ellis called the best hitter in the National League, grounded out in the seventh, that he started thinking no-no.

“He did warm up really well,”  Ellis said. “He felt confident about the way the ball was coming out of his hands. But it was probably in the middle innings when his curveball really took off.”

For more coverage on Kershaw’s historic night, listen to MLB Network Radio, XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209, and follow @MLBNetworkRadio on Twitter.