"Maybe it will get broken," Greinke said after giving up two earned runs in the no-decision against New York. "I know five years ago or so, I thought that one and the DiMaggio (hit) streak were the two toughest. Looks like people are getting closer to the Hershiser one now, maybe eventually it might happen."
In fact, Greinke didn’t have to look any further than right down the Los Angeles bench to see Hershiser’s next challenger. Teammate Clayton Kershaw, the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner (and also the reigning league MVP) quietly began putting together his own scoreless run in the shadows of Greinke’s spotlight streak, and carried a run of 37 spotless innings until a home run by Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco ended it on Aug. 7. Kershaw also had the longest streak in the majors in 2014 with 41 scoreless innings.
When one considers that Greinke and Kershaw both pitch for Los Angeles, and that Hershiser passed Hall of Famer Don Drysdale – another Dodger – to set the major league record back in 1988, it becomes clear that it if you want to become infallible on the mound, it helps to wear Dodger blue.
Matt Kelly is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum