It has been eight years since a Los Angeles Dodgers starter threw a no hitter.
Tyler Anderson tried to break the drought, but was only two outs away from throwing what would’ve been the 26th no hitter in franchise history Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Anderson was unable to complete his no-hit bid after allowing Shohei Ohtani, the American League MVP, to score a three-run home run past Mookie Betts. Ohtani would score the Angels’ only run and was the main figure at Japanese Heritage Night, which was held at the Ravine on Wednesday.
“I may never have the chance to do that again,”Anderson said. “I wanted to go out for that ninth and at least try.”
Anderson was not unaware of the irony that Ohtani broke up this no-hitter at this special event.
“He told me, ‘it is a little ironic that it’s Shohei on Japanese Heritage night broke up the no-hitter, so he couldn’t be too upset,'”Dave Roberts, Dodgers’ manager, said Anderson had told him what to do after Ohtani’s triple.
Roberts, an accomplished pitcher who has pulled pitchers out of no-hitters or perfect games, and Clayton Kershaw in Minnesota earlier in the season, said it was difficult to allow Anderson to keep going after the no hitter despite his high pitch count.
“I just felt I wanted to give him the opportunity and that he earned it,”Roberts spoke out about his decision. “Knowing that he’s going to have a couple extra days before his next turn, and that he had a short outing after his last start in Chicago, I thought he had some bullets saved and that he didn’t have a lot of stress in this game. Everything lined up to give him this opportunity.”
Anderson improved to an unblemished 8-0 after throwing a record-breaking 123 pitches. Anderson was greeted by a standing ovation at Dodger Stadium and embraced the moment.
“It felt like a really big spot in a playoff game situation,”Anderson said. “The crowd was really, really into it. I could feel the energy in that situation and you don’t feel that too often.”
Anderson returned for the ninth inning to another standing ovation. Anderson started the inning by throwing what was called the third strike past Mike Trout who is three-time AL MVP.
Ohtani made it to the plate with one swing and ended the no-hit bid. Roberts quickly came out to take Anderson out of the game and replace him with Craig Kimbrel. Anderson waved to the crowd as the he left the mound. The Dodgers won 4-1 and swept the two-game Freeway Series.
Anderson allowed six base runners total, including Ohtani. There was much controversy at the start of the game.
Taylor Ward opened the game with a flyball to right-center. This play saw Betts and Cody Bellinger collide, allowing the ball bounce off of Betts’ glove. It was initially deemed a hit by the official scorer, but it was later changed to an error by the official scorer.
Will Smith hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers in the first, and Trea Turner took the solo shot in the third.
Anderson’s no hit bid was just one day after Miles Mikolas (St. Louis Cardinals) came within one of a no-hitter against Pittsburgh Pirates.
Two no-hitters have been recorded this season and only one solo player. That was actually the result of Angels starter Reid Detmers, who played Wednesday’s game for the Halos.
After a hot start to the season, the Angels have been unable to come back to their feet. They’ve lost 11 of their last 20 games overall and 18 of 20, on the road. They fired Joe Maddon after a losing streak of 14 games.
Anderson, who was a 2011 first-round Colorado Rockies pick, improved his record to an unblemished 8-0. Anderson has won just one season during his seven-year playing career. He has played for the Rockies (Giants), Pirates (Mariners), and now Dodgers. He was 4-3 in San Francisco’s 2020 60-game season.
“I told him this is your moment,”Roberts said this when he took the ball from Anderson in 9th inning.
“It would have been better if I had gotten two more outs,”Anderson,