The once-in-a-lifetime performance remained a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Five days removed from the first no-hitter of his career,
Beckett looked considerably more human in the 2-1 defeat to the
He gave up a run-scoring single to
With the no-hitter requiring a career-high 128 pitches, Beckett was limited to five innings on this night at
Beckett departed the game with the
Starts like this have become routine for Beckett, obscuring that what he's doing this season is something of a minor miracle.
This was supposed to be the closing act of Beckett's career. Instead, it's turned into a revival that figures to land the three-time All-Star another eight-figure deal in free agency this winter.
Beckett was considered to be close to finished when he was acquired by the Dodgers from the
The outlook turned bleaker last season, when nerve problems forced Beckett to undergo a surgical procedure to remove a rib.
The Dodgers didn't know what they would get out of Beckett this year in the final year of his four-year, $68-million contract.
Turns out Beckett is still worth the $15.75 million the Dodgers are paying him this season.
He no longer throws 98 mph, but he's 3-2 with a 2.54 earned-run average in 10 starts.
"He's mixing in all his off-speed pitches at any time and makes the hitters not know what's happening," Gonzalez said.
That doesn't mean Beckett has transformed into a soft tosser.
"Everybody talks about how he's had to reinvent himself because he's lost some of his stuff and he definitely has,"
Still, Beckett has made the adjustments necessary to extend his career.
"We feel like he could keep pitching if he wanted to because of what he's doing, because the change of speeds, the feel he has for the two [seamer], excellent breaking balls," said Dodgers Manager
Beckett will be part of an upcoming free-agent class that is expected to be loaded with pitching.
Francisco Liriano also figures to be on the market.
Liriano pitched Friday against Beckett and limited the Dodgers to five hits over 52/3 scoreless innings.
Liriano pitched a no-hitter for the
Butera noted the striking differences between Beckett and Liriano on the days they made history. Beckett openly talked about his no-hitter while it was in progress.