UPDATE: Kershaw ended up throwing a three-hit shutout as part of a 3-0 victory. He struck out 11 and walked none and needed 104 pitches to go the distance.
While Kershaw still has a while to go to catch up to teammate Zack Greinke, he has now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He has 38 strikeouts with no walks in 26 innings over his last three starts. His ERA is now down to 2.51 on the year.
8:47 p.m. ET: Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a well-struck single to right field, so the perfect game (and no-hit bid) is over.
8:35 p.m. ET: The no-hitter watch was on from the moment the Mets’ lineup was released this afternoon and so far Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has lived up to the billing and then some.
Kershaw is perfect through six innings tonight against the Mets. The southpaw has been in cruise control throughout, striking out eight batters while throwing 47 out of 62 pitches for strikes. He has gone to a three-ball count just once.
The Dodgers currently hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo homer from Jimmy Rollins off Bartolo Colon in the third inning.
Stay tuned to see if Kershaw can make some history tonight at Citi Field.
Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, making his major league debut against the Reds on Sunday, allowed a solo home run to Brandon Phillips to lead off the ballgame. It was all uphill from there.
Matz wound up going 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts on 110 pitches. As impressive as that was, it was what he did at the plate that truly won hearts and minds. The rookie went 3-for-3 with a two-run double in the second inning and added a two-run single in the sixth. He is the first pitcher in major league history to drive in four runs in his debut, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Mets scored seven runs overall, the first time they’d scored more than four in a game since June 14. In fact, they had been held to two or fewer runs in each of their last seven games coming into play Sunday (including the conclusion of Saturday’s game which was postponed and resumed prior to Matz’s debut). Only four Mets hitters have accrued four-plus RBI in a game this season: Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Daniel Murphy, and Curtis Granderson. Duda was the last to do it, on May 21. The Mets have seen only 24 three-hit games this season and just one between June 15 and Sunday: Curtis Granderson on June 25 against the Brewers.
Matz, 24, entered the season rated as baseball’s 33rd-best prospect overall by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. In 14 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Las Vegas — a notoriously pitcher-unfriendly environment — Matz posted a 2.19 ERA with a 94/31 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings.
We’ve got a no-hitter alert from Citi Field in Queens.
Giants right-hander Chris Heston has allowed zero hits — and zero walks — through seven innings Tuesday night against the host Mets. He did plunk Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning, which is what’s keeping this from being a perfect game watch. Updates to come as Heston tries to finish this thing off.
The 27-year-old former 12th-round pick entered his start Tuesday with an underwhelming 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 70 1/3 career major league frames.
EIGHTH INNING: Heston got groundouts from Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Eric Campbell in the bottom of the eighth. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made a nice play on Campbell’s, a hard shot to the left side of the infield that Crawford had to backhand. Heston is at 96 pitches with three outs to go.
NINTH INNING: Heston hit Anthony Recker with his very first pitch in the bottom of the ninth — Heston’s third HBP of the game. But he struck out pinch-hitter Danny Muno, leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and then Ruben Tejada — all looking — to finish off the no-hitter. It’s the fourth no-no in four years for the Giants.