On the scoreboard in right field, it was 10:08 p.m. in the City of the Angels. And a crowd of 46,069 had just sat in to see the best pitcher in baseball throw the first no-hitter of his career.

Clayton Kershaw, who reminds us of Sandy Koufax with every flash of greatness, did it with a flurry. He struck out the final batter, Corey Dickerson. He struck out 15, setting a career high. So, when he wrote his name in capital letters in the record book, that "K" stood out even more than the E-R-S-H-A-W.

Kershaw, the most intense of competitors, threw his arms into the sky. He dropped his glove. He fell into the embrace of his catcher, A.J. Ellis.

He allowed himself a rare smile, and an awfully wide one, when Ellis handed him the game ball from the 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Kershaw tucked it into his back pocket, safe among the buckets of Gatorade and dozens of soap bubbles that his giddy teammates poured over his head.

"I'll remember this for the rest of my life," Kershaw said.