ANAHEIM (News4usonline) – Reid Detmers made history against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. On a night in which the bats of the Los Angeles Angels came alive with an 18-hit parade, Detmers made the most noise during the chilly evening at Anaheim Stadium without surrendering any.
Not even the two home runs that Mike Trout blasted out of the ballpark during the Angels’ 12-0 win at home would surpass what Detmers was able to accomplish. Detmers faced 28 Tampa Bay batters during this American League matchup.
And wouldn’t you know, 28 batters later, Detmers had recorded the 12th no-hit game in the history of the Angels franchise. Detmers seemed to be at a loss for words about his special moment on the mound.
“Getting the last out…It’s just something that I dreamed of ever since I was a little kid,” Detmers said after the game. “I didn’t think it’d ever happen, but yeah…I don’t even know. I probably won’t even remember this tomorrow morning. No, I have like in high school and stuff, but never like professionally or in college. I was just trying to get ahead…I couldn’t tell you much more. I was just trying to get outs.”
Detmers got all the outs he needed to record the first Angels’ no-hitter since 2019 when Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to accomplish that feat. But if you want to dial it back even further to see who was the last individual (not combined) to toss a shutout no-hit game for the Angels, you’d have to back 10 years when Jered Weaver blanked the Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2012.
The last time a left-handed Angels pitcher tossed a no-hitter was over five decades ago. That was back in 1970 when Clyde Wright did it on July 3, 1970, against the Oakland A’s.
“What he did tonight, it’s really a tribute to him and, obviously, good coaching,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “You know, I mean, the combination of [pitching coach Matt] Wise and [assistant pitching coach] Dom [Chiti] have really been on him to do a couple of different things.”
“It was there tonight,” Maddon added. “Much better pitching inside. He just had a much better mound presence tonight. He just looked and felt the part tonight. Bully for him. That’s potentially a life-altering event in a sense as a young man, as a major league player. Hopefully, we’re going to get a lot of that residue again of that in the future.”
For the game, Detmers threw just 108 pitches against the Rays in recording the first no-hitter and first shutout of his MLB career. In throwing those 108 pitches, 68 were strikes. Detmers sat down the first 15 batters he faced before allowing a walk to Taylor Walls in the sixth inning.
So while the Angels were dropping eight runs in the first three innings against Tampa Bay starter Corey Kluber, Detmers was quietly going about his business in mowing down the Rays. As he approached getting closer to what he knew would be a big moment for himself and the franchise, Detmers said he tried to stay focused on the task at hand, and that was finishing the game.
“When I got two strikes on the last hitter I was shaking a little bit, but other than that I tried to keep myself pretty calm,” Detmers said. “
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