Los Angeles Angels rookie left-hander Reid Detmers pitched a no-hitter in a comfortable 12-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
(This article was originally published on 12.05.2022)
The 22-year-old becomes the youngest pitcher to throw one since Anibal Sanchez in 2006 for the Miami Marlins.
Detmers is 50/1 to win the American League Rookie of the Year and with a performance like that he must be highly considered - it was the majors' second no-hitter of the season and just the 12th in Angels' franchise history.
The closest play to a hit came 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. It was called an error.
Other than that, Detmers hardly had any close calls - he retired his first 15 hitters before Taylor Walls drew a leadoff walk in the sixth inning.
It was the first time that Detmers had gone even seven innings in a major league game. His previous career best was six last season against the Houston Astros and he had never thrown more than 97 pitches in a big league game.
Speaking to the official Angels website, Detmers said: "Getting the last out was the coolest part. It's just something I've dreamed about ever since I was a little kid. I didn't think it would happen."
Angels manager Joe Maddon added: "He had a much better mound presence tonight. He just looked and felt the part. Hopefully we are going to get a lot of residue of that in the future, because he's capable of that. Maybe not of no-hitters, I'm just saying that's how he should pitch."