L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett has had a stellar career. He’s a two-time World Series champion and a World Series MVP, but he has been missing something.
The Holy Grail of pitching–the no hitter.
Against the potent offense of the Phillies Sunday he allowed only three runners to get on base via walk, but otherwise he dominated Philadelphia for nine innings striking out six for the first no-hitter of his career and of the season.
“I don’t think I had no-hit stuff,” he said. “I just really kept them guessing.”
Beckett’s career started back in 2001 with the Florida Marlins, and last season there was some concern that his career could come to an end after a nerve condition left him unable to feel his fingertips. So to say an accomplishment like this is a longtime coming is an understatement, but it has been an even bigger one for the Dodgers.
The last time that a Dodger threw a no-hitter was back in the 1996 season when Hideo Nomo did so against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
“It was awesome. You think about it pretty much from the fourth on. I’m not one of those guys that carried a lot of no-hitters deep into games,” he said.
Even though he was in enemy territory at Citizen’s Bank Park the Philadelphia fans gave him a standing ovation. The last time they had seen a no-hitter was when Roy Halladay tossed one back in 2010, but the last time they had seen the visiting team do it was back in 1969.[ESPN]