Josh Beckett made that happen previously when he threw a no-hitter for the Dodgers on Memorial Day weekend. The Dodgers became the 17th club to record two no-hitters in the same season, and the first time they have done it since moving to Los Angeles. When Carl Erskine and Sal Maglie did it for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, pizzerias were just sprouting up across the country.
"I haven't thought about the ramifications of this thing, but I don't take for granted the history of this," Kershaw said after striking out 15 and walking none in his masterpiece.
The "ramifications" for fans, of course, is free pizza. This is the second year that Domino's has pledged this opportunity for the first two no-hitters of a season. Spurred by furious social media activity and fan excitement, last year's first two no-hitters, which took place less than two weeks apart in July, saw the entire allotment of pizzas claimed in less than two hours.
"Domino's is thrilled to recognize and celebrate one of the great achievements in sports -- the no-hitter -- by continuing this very cool partnership with MLB.com," said Chris Brandon, Domino's Pizza spokesperson. "This is now bigger and better as we prepare to give away 40,000 pizzas both seasons, and make it easier for all baseball fans to get in on the excitement."
The promotion will kick in again after the first two no-hitters of next season.
Since 1901, there have been 236 no-hitters. That averages to a little more than two per season. There have been at least two no-hitters in each season since 2006.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.