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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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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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“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.
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.