Los Angeles Angels rookie left-hander Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter in a 12-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, becoming at age 22 the youngest pitcher to throw one since Anibal Sanchez in 2006 for the Marlins.
It was the majors’ second no-hitter this season, and the 12th in franchise history.
“I just blacked out,” Detmers said. “I don’t know.”
The closest play to a hit came with one out in the top of the seventh inning when Tampa Bay’s Brett Phillips hit a medium-hard grounder to the right of first baseman Jared Walsh. The ball bounced off Walsh’s glove and then he dropped the ball trying to get the speedy Phillips. With the no-hitter on the line, it was called an error.
Unlike some other no-hit bids this season, Detmers’ pitch count was never an issue. He had 64 pitches through six innings, 83 through seven and 94 through eight, as he got through an easy eighth with three routine fly balls.
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He had to wait through a long bottom of the eighth inning as the Rays brought in Phillips to pitch and the Angels tacked on four runs — including a two-run home run from Anthony Rendon, who batted left-handed instead of from his usual right side.
In the ninth, Detmers got Vidal Brujan to pop out in foul territory to catcher Chad Wallach, induced Kevin Kiermaier on a soft grounder to second base and Yandy Diaz on a routine grounder to shortstop.
“You guys are awesome!” Detmers told the crowd after the game. “I don’t even know what to say. Thank you for coming out.”
Detmers finished with a career-high 108 pitches, one walk and just two strikeouts, the fewest strikeouts in a no-hitter since Francisco Liriano also fanned two in his no-no in 2011.
It was the first no-hitter for the Angels since a combined no-hitter in 2019 from Felix Pena and Taylor Cole in the team’s first home game that season following Tyler Skaggs’ death, and the first individual no-hitter for the club since Jered Weaver in 2012.
The club’s first-round pick (10th overall) in 2020 out of Louisville, Detmers was making just his 11th career start in the majors. He came into the game with a 2-4 career mark and a 6.33 ERA. He was 1-1 with a 5.32 ERA in his first five starts this season.
It was the first time Detmers had gone even seven innings in a game. His previous career best was six last season versus Houston. He’d never thrown more than 97 pitches in a big league game, either.
Earlier in the evening, the Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander lost his no-hit bid in the eighth inning, marking just the fourth day since 2000 that there were multiple no-hit bids of at least seven innings.
Five New York Mets’ pitchers combined for this year’s first no-hitter versus the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29.
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