In just the 11th start of his major league career, Angels rookie left-hander Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter Tuesday, ending an extravagant blowout on a historic note.
In an era defined by strikeouts, the 22-year-old Detmers didn’t exactly blow away the competition. He only had two strikeouts and one walk, needing just 108 pitches to get 27 outs.
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Before Detmers took the mound in the top of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, the game had taken a ridiculous turn with the Angels’ offense playing Brett Phillips, an outfielder who was hired to throw with hoping to preserve the Rays’ bullpen.
Mike Trout hit a 421-foot homer off Phillips and Anthony Rendon, a right-handed hitter who came to the plate as a left-hander, hit a 411-foot homer that stretched the score to 12-0. Among them, Shohei Ohtani had doubled up against the wall, narrowly missing consecutive homers.
It was by far the longest outing of Detmers’ career. He hadn’t thrown more than six innings or thrown more than 97 pitches in a major league game before Tuesday.
With the Angels leading 8-0, Detmers walked Taylor Walls to start the sixth inning and then induced a double play by Kevin Kiermaier two batters later. From then on, Phillips was the Rays’ only baserunner when he reached on an error in the seventh.
It was the 12th no-hitter in Angels franchise history and the second of the 2022 season. Five Mets pitchers shut out the Phillies on April 29. Last season, pitchers threw nine no-hitters, breaking the single-season no-hitter record that had been set in 1884.