By Jon Weisman
For the second time in as many weeks, a Dodger shares in National League Player of the Week honors.
This time, it’s Josh Beckett, who takes the award along with St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainright. The award was first announced by the MLB Network.
Beckett’s no-hitter Sunday capped a week in which he allowed four runs and 13 baserunners in 14 innings (2.57 ERA), striking out 12. For the week, opponents hit .160/.236/.320 against Beckett.
Three of the four runs Beckett surrendered came in a three-batter stretch starting the sixth inning in New York on Tuesday, when Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Lucas Duda went homer-double-homer.
Beckett threw 227 pitches in the two starts. Monday, he described how he felt to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.
“It’s pretty normal, like I got hit by a truck,” Beckett said. “That’s pretty common the day after. Certainly when I was younger I felt a little bit better than I do coming out of a start now.”
Beckett is on schedule to take his normal turn in the Dodger rotation Friday against Pittsburgh and Francisco Liriano, in a matchup of the two no-hit pitchers Drew Butera has caught.
Wainwright was more than deserving of his piece of the Player of the Week kudo. He pitched a one-hit shutout May 20 and finished the week having gone 17 shutout innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out 21.