LOS ANGELES -- Josh Beckett on Sunday threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 baseball season. On Tuesday, the Dodgers right-hander was awarded with the National League Player of the Week award. Well, co-NL Player of the Week, as he splits with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
Coupled with Yasiel Puig co-winning last week's award, the Dodgers have back-to-back NL Player of the Week winners for the first time since 2012, when Matt Kemp won the first two awards of the season and three straight dating back to 2011.
Beckett beat the Phillies 6-0 on Sunday morning in the final game of a nine-game road trip. It was the 21st no-hitter in Dodgers history, the most ever by any team, and the first for the franchise since Hideo Nomo no-hit the Rockies at Coors Field in 1996.
The Player of the Week award wasn't the only keepsake Beckett will receive for his masterpiece:
Beckett made two starts during the week, also beating the Mets on May 20. He was 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA for the week with 12 strikeouts and five walks in 14 innings. On the season he is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in nine starts, with 52 strikeouts and 20 walks in 55⅔ innings.
This is the second time Beckett won a Player of the Week award, capturing American League honors for the week of July 6-12, 2009 with the Red Sox.
Puig was among those in consideration for this week as well, hitting .522/.607/.870 with five extra-base hits.