Dodgers 6, Phillies 0: Josh Beckett throws first no-hitter

"<strongThings were setting up to be a rough day for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp was out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game, Hanley Ramirez needs an MRI and could have an Achilles injury and A.J. Burnett had pretty good success against them in his career (3.63 ERA, 9.7 K/9).

But, Josh Becektt came to the rescue by throwing the first Dodgers’ no-hitter since Hideo Nomo in 1996 (at Colorado). Before that, Ramon Martinez no-hit the Marlins in Dodger Stadium. It was also the first in the majors this season.

Beckett was quietly dominant, and he got some help from Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez (among others), so he wasn’t pitching under much pressure all day.

Beckett was at 90 pitches through six innings. Questions were raised about how long the Don Mattingly would let him go if he were throwing a no-hitter. Well, Beckett needed 38 pitches to complete the no-hitter, with most of those coming in the ninth inning. He retired 23 batters in a row at one point. His career-high in pitches before today was 126.

There weren’t many great defensive plays in the game, as Beckett didn’t allow much hard contact all day. But with Ramirez and Kemp out, this was about the best Dodger defense that could have been on the field. Erisbel Arruebarrena (who went 2-for-3 with his first RBI) shored up the infield defense and made a couple of tough plays at shortstop look easy.

Beckett looked like his old self, working consistently in the low-90s with a plus-curveball. He used his entire bag of tricks to keep the Phillies’ offense from doing much of anything against them. He issued two walks early and one to Jimmy Rollins in the ninth inning, but none of them (obviously) came back to hurt him.

The Dodgers (27-24) return home after a 5-4 road trip to face the struggling Cincinnati Reds (22-25). Hyun-jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00) takes on Johnny Cueto (4-3, 1.86) in what should be a great pitcher’s duel. The Memorial Day game starts at 5:10 p.m. Pacific.

Congratulations on the no-no, Josh.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


366 comments
judieeulee
judieeulee

Judie Reitan

Please Dodger owners do what you have to do so your fans in Nevada can see the Dodgers on television again.  I grew up in Southern California, am 68 years old and have been a Dodger fan since I was a small child.  Please get it done. Thank you.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Time to watch the replay.

KMT59
KMT59

Here are the particulars for Josh's game today

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

I was at DS for Mercker's no-no vs dodgers in '94

JonathanLingo
JonathanLingo

Honestly, this one today was about as unlikely as Nomo's at Coors field

KMT59
KMT59

So heard on the radio and saw on TV a Koufax no-hitter (63 & 62 I don't remember), Was at the stadium for Singer, Saw Ruess on TV, missed Fernando, Gross because of military duty. Followed Martinez on the computer. Watched both Nomo and Beckett on TV

KMT59
KMT59

Beckett pitch range 62-94mph

P_F_P
P_F_P

How the hell can we be 9-13 at home? That's stupid. I bet we get to at least .500 at home on the year during this homestand.

KMT59
KMT59

took a nap got up and mowed the lawn...Now the only thing on the slate for tomorrow is laundry, cooking a big dinner and watching Dodger Baseball

Ring-TailedLemur
Ring-TailedLemur

Whaaaaaaaaaa happen!?!? 


What's funny is my bandwagon Red Sox fan brother liked to troll me over the Beckett trade, good for him!


8-8-1 in Series on the year.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

That Ramon Martinez no hitter, I was there for that.

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim I was thinking of watching the 9th again

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@KMT59 I GIFd his homer there for one of my first posts here!

wilhud
wilhud

@KMT59 So Beckett's average time per game was 3:42 prior to the no hitter. With the 2:37 time on today's game, he's now brought that average down to 3:35. ;)

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Dunno. Nomo's was at the height of Coors' ... Coorsness

Superba
Superba

@DBrim So was I.   First live Dodger game.  It helped having Eric Gregg at home plate. 

Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

Was that before or after they rerouted the Steve Lyons Jet Stream?

JonathanLingo
JonathanLingo

I would have given you any odds and laughed if someone had proposed Beckett throwing a no no. I'm still not sure I really believe it

DBrim
DBrim moderator

7.

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim @KMT59 I would really like to have a gif of Puig's hustle double...so great

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@KMT59 Greinke has a homer there, too.

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim  For Dodger No-hitters...I was almost 5 for my 1st radio, almost 6 for my 1st TV and almost 11 for my 1st seen in person