Angels’ Reid Detmers throws no-hitter, Anthony Rendon smashes left-hander homer


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Los Angeles Angels rookie Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night — the second time in the majors this season.

Detmers threw 108 pitches, struck out two and walked a batter in the Angels’ 12-0 blowout against the Rays. He asked Yandy Diaz to crush shortstop Andrew Velazquez to end the game.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers celebrates with teammates after throwing a hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The 22-year-old went no-hitter in his 10th major league start.

“Coming out last was the coolest part. It’s just something I’ve dreamed of since I was little. I didn’t think it would ever happen,” he said after the game.

The home court may have played to his advantage.

Official scorer Mel Franks ruled in the seventh inning that a pitch to first baseman Jared Walsh was on his right, resulting in an error when Brett Phillips reached safely.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

“I thought that was pretty clearly a mistake,” Walsh said. “I expect me to make this play most of the time, so I definitely would have complained if they had called it a hit.”

He added that even on the road he thought it would have been a mistake.

“I think most people who are in the big leagues would agree that was a mistake,” he said.

To cap off the victory, Los Angeles received a power boost from third baseman Anthony Rendon. Phillips was pushed into the blowout to pitch in the eighth inning and Rendon hit left-handed against him. Rendon, normally a right-hander, managed to hit a two-run home run. It was the fourth of the year for Rendon. Mike Trout also added two dingers.

Detmers completed the Angels’ first no-hitter since 2019 when Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined for a no-no against the Seattle Mariners. It was the team’s first home game since the death of Tyler Skaggs.

Anthony Rendon of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Anthony Rendon of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Detmers is the youngest Angels pitcher to throw a no-hitter and the first left-hander since Clyde Wright in July 1970.

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“He had a much better presence on the mound tonight. He just looked and felt the role,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “Hopefully we get a lot of residue from that in the future because he’s capable of that. Maybe no no-hitters, I’m just saying that’s the way he should pitch. That’s up to what it should look like more often.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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