Assorted Reactions to Clayton Kershaw’s No-Hitter

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  1. scatterbrian says:

    Mark Willard (LA radio guy): That was more than a perfect game. That was a perfecter game. I get it, a perfect game is 27 up, 27 down. But what Kershaw did last night was 28 up and 28 down.

    No, Mark. A perfect game has been agreed to be when no runners reach base. Also, a nine inning game always has a maximum of 27 outs. Kershaw did not record 28 outs.

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    • dee.gordon says:

      Scatterbrain, have you no sense of poetic speech? This isn’t a case of some behind-the-ties sabermetric-hating, cigar-toting, dumb ol’ sportswriter being stupid, that’s actually a very nice turn of phrase. The point is that Kershaw, for 28 batters, pitched well enough to create results that should have created outs, it only happened that 1 of them did not result in one for reasons out of Kershaw’s control. Kershaw pitched more than “should” have been required of him to pitch a perfect game.

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      • scatterbrian says:

        No, I get all that. I just thought it was silly. Rather than complaining that his game did not fit the pre-defined criteria of a perfect game, just marvel in the amazing game that he pitched.

        It just felt like Armando Galarraga all over again…

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    • Soup says:

      Stop it. This comment doesn’t belong here in NotGraphs.

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  2. JimmyD says:

    Who is Clayton Coleslaw?

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