Backup catcher Drew Butera is in his fifth Major League season and second with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being traded to the club in July of 2013. Butera appeared in just four games with the Dodgers last season and whether by some good fortune or merit, beat out Tim Federowicz to backup A.J. Ellis this season.
Much of Butera’s early work this season came in games with Zack Greinke on the mound as the two appeared to form a trusting relationship. The 30-year-old then saw his role increase when Ellis landed on the disabled list after having surgery to repair his meniscus.
Though Greinke wasn’t on the mound, Butera was behind the plate Sunday and for the second time in his career, caught a no-hitter. Formerly with the Minnesota Twins, Butera was one half of the battery when Francisco Liriano threw his no-hitter in 2011.
I’m an emotional wreck,” Butera said. “I was an emotional wreck after the fourth inning. You think about it, but you try not to think about it.”
Thousands of catchers have gone their entire careers without catching one no-hitter, much less two, and Butera enjoyed the moment as much the second time around and hopes it may spark some momentum for the Dodgers:
You don’t see that every day,” he said. “Maybe once a lifetime, maybe. I’m just as excited for Josh as I was for Liriano. I’m happy for him, I’m happy we won the game, we won the series, we won the road trip. Hopefully, we can build some momentum and keep going.”
Beckett’s no-hitter gave the Dodgers a 5-4 record on their nine-game road trip as they continue to scuffle along in search of health and some of the magic that got them to the playoffs last season.
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