Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett completed a no-hitter Sunday in a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Beckett’s no-no was the first of the 2014 season, and the first in the 14 seasons he has been in the big leagues.
Sundays no-hitter by Becket was the eleventh in Dodgers history, and the first since 1996 when Hideo Nomo did it against the Colorado Rockies. Dating back to 1884, the Dodgers hold the record for most no-no’s in MLB history with 24. Sandy Koufax has the team record with four no-hitters, and at this rate will be the leader for years to come.
Beckett took control of the game from the opening pitch striking out six Phillies while only allowing three walks. the only real trouble he found himself in was in the ninth inning when Jimmy Rollins walked, and then made it to second base on a fielders choice. Chase Utley then stepped to the plate and managed to get a 3-2 count on Beckett before being punched out when the final pitch of the game sailed by him low.
With the win Beckett improved his record to 3-1 on the season in eight starts. During those games he has managed a 2.43 earned run average, with 52 strikeouts while only allowing 7 home runs, and 20 walks.
The no-hitter is just the latest accomplishment by Beckett, and proves that he still has the skills, and mechanics he has shown over his career. Beckett’s other accomplishments include an ALCS MVP in 2007, a World Series MVP in 2003, a Babe Ruth Award in 2007 plus he is a three time All-Star selection.