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Josh Beckett pitches Dodgers first no-hitter since 1996 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added May 27th, 2014 by Ian

Josh Beckett pitches Dodgers first no-hitter since 1996
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Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett went through a miserable 2013 season as he was winless and it ended with surgery. He seems to be back better than ever now though as he threw his first MLB no-hitter in a 6-0 whitewashing of the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25. It was also the first no-hitter in Major League Baseball this year.

Beckett had a nerve condition last summer and wasn’t able to feel the fingertips in his right hand, but now that he’s healthy he’s pitching like he used to. Which means opposing batters better watch out as the former World Series MVP winner, three-time All-Star and two-time World Series winner is in top form. Against the Phillies Beckett managed to strike out six batters and walked three of them, but none of the Phillies players came anywhere close to getting a hit off of him.

When the game was over the 34-year-old Beckett had thrown 128 pitches on the day and ended the contest by striking out Chase Utley, a five-time All-Star, with a 94 mile-per-hour pitch straight down the middle of the plate. At one point in the game Beckett retired 23 batters in a row. He’s now the first Dodgers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 1996 when Hideo Nomo achieved the feat by beating Colorado in a game in Denver. Beckett’s no-hitter is the 21st in the history of the Dodgers with pitching legend Sandy Koufax throwing four of them.

Beckett is also the first visitor to no-hit the Phillies since Bill Stoneman of the old Montreal Expos did it back in April of 1969. Beckett admitted that he was thinking about a no-hitter after the fourth inning. His previous longest no-hit bid lasted 6 and 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers in June of 2009, before he gave up a single. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Beckett pitched an awesome game and his team’s best hitters simply couldn’t solve him. The 36,141 Phillies fans gave the pitcher a standing ovation when the game ended.

The Phillies franchise then showed how classy it is by giving Beckett the pitching rubber. Beckett said he was really touched by that gesture and praised the organization for it. Beckett appears to be healthy after having a rib removed last summer as it was affecting his right arm. His record in 2013 after being traded to the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox was 0-5 and his earned-run average was a lofty 5.19. He started this season on the disabled list with a thumb problem, but is now 3-1 on the year. Beckett broke into the league with the Florida Marlins back in 2001 and his career record is now 134-101 with an ERA of 3.91.

 
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