LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Seeing his best friend only one out away from pitching a no-hitter, A.J. Ellis got a bit teary eyed.
Not that Ellis could get too emotional, though. The Dodgers catcher still had to call the pitches for Clayton Kershaw to finish off the gem.
Kershaw added to his most remarkable resume Wednesday night, throwing his first no-hitter and striking out a career-high 15 as Los Angeles beat Colorado 8-0.
Only one batter got on base against Kershaw — Corey Dickerson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez leading off the seventh inning. Kershaw struck out a swinging Dickerson to end the game.
“I guess I haven’t really thought of the ramifications of throwing one of these things, but it it’s definitely special company,” Kershaw said.
“I don’t take for granted the history of this, or what it means. I definitely understand all that. But as far as individually, it’s right up there with winning playoff games and all that stuff. It’s pretty cool,” he said.
The saddest part of the story is only an 52,000, not including the fans at the stadium, were unable to watch the future Hall-of-Famer do magic.
According to the LA Times, TWC SportsNetLA drew just a 0.6 TV rating. The problem is most fans don’t even have the option to watch their Dodgers.
It is estimated, in Los Angeles, that only 70 percent of households cannot even access Time Warner.
TWC is charging so much to providers such as DirecTV, Dish and Charter, that they refuse to carry the channel.
Lose, lose situation for fans.
KCAL averaged close to a 2.o rating for the eight years they were with the CBS-owned station.