Josh Beckett throws first no-hitter of 2014 season
Dodgers right-hander stunned after striking out six Phillies batters
Josh Beckett threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, powering the Los Angeles Dodgers over the host Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.
The 34-year-old US right-hander tossed 80 of his 128 pitches for strikes in hurling the first no-hitter of his career, striking out six Phillies batters while walking three.
It was the first no-hitter by a Dodgers’ pitcher since Japanese star Hideo Nomo blanked Colorado 9-0 on September 17, 1996, in Denver.
“I was just, like, ‘Oh my god, I just threw a no-hitter,’” Beckett said of his emotions, still sounding a little stunned after the fact.
“I don’t really know what else to say. I was excited. I was glad it was over. It was fun.”
The Phillies had not suffered a no-hit loss since falling 5-0 to St. Louis in 1978.
Beckett, who improved to 3-1 this season, was the 2003 World Series Most Valuable Player for Florida but was idled last season after unusual surgery in July to remove a rib to relieve a nerve problem in his hand.
“For him to be able to do that today is nice,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “For everything he’s been through with us – the surgery last year, missing the whole season, changing himself as a pitcher, using the breaking ball more and everything else – it was fun to watch.”