LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2014 — Josh Beckett no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday in Philadelphia in a game the Los Angeles Dodgers won, 6-0.
The no-hitter was the first no-hitter for all of Major League Baseball this year and the first for a Los Angeles Dodger pitcher since Hideo Nomo no-hit the Rockies in Colorado in 1996. For Beckett, it was his first ever career no-hitter.
Josh Beckett needed 128 pitches to go the distance, while striking out six batters. On number six, Chase Utley went down looking to end the game. Beckett did issue three walks, including one in the ninth inning to Jimmy Rollins. For the year, Beckett now owns a 2.43 ERA and a 3-1 record. This was the fourth time in nine starts this year that Beckett made it through a start without giving up any runs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers improved 27-24 and sit in third place in the National League West. Philadelphia has now lost six of their last ten games and are in fourth place in the NL East.
In 2013, Josh Becket managed only eight starts and 43.1 innings before missing the rest of the year due to an injury which required him to have a rib removed.
The Florida Marlins drafted Josh Beckett with the second overall pick of the 1999 draft and made his debut with the Marlins in 2001. The Red Sox traded for Beckett, Guillermo Mota and Mike Lowell after the 2005 season, giving up Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, and two other minor leaguers.
Beckett came in second in the AL Cy Young vote in 2007 while pitching for the Red Sox. The three-time all-star fell out of favor in Boston in 2012. Los Angeles really wanted BEckett’s teammate, Adrian Gonzalez, and would probably have taken on any and all contracts in order to do so. Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford were added into a deal that allowed Boston to shed some heavy contracts while going into a rebuilding mode.
Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford had all drawn the ire from the Boston fans for various reasons during their time in Boston. The 34-year-old Beckett will be a free agent after this year.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. Kevin plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk band Emmer Effer. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball