The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, on Wednesday night.
Tyler Anderson, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher, had an incredible night, pitching 8.1 innings with two walks, one hit, and one run.
As it turns out, he was on the verge of making history last night: he completed 8.1 no-hit innings, and was two outs away from the no-no.
Unfortunately for him, Shohei Ohtani, the Angels star, had other plans.
“Shohei Ohtani triples to break up Tyler Anderson’s no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning,” Talkin’ Baseball tweeted, with a video of the play.
Shohei Ohtani triples to break up Tyler Anderson’s no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning pic.twitter.com/f8r83IqB8n
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 16, 2022
It was a line drive to right field that Mookie Betts came relatively close to catch, but couldn’t do it.
Dodgers infielders came towards Anderson to congratulate him for his excellent showing, one that earned the recognition of the local crowd.
So Close To Making History
A total of 316 no-hitters have been thrown in the history of MLB, but 43 of them were before the modern era.
Anderson came awfully close to number 317.
He had to settle for a win and another incredible game for the Dodgers, who helped him resurrect his career.
The left-hander, after that outing, is 8-0 with a 2.82 ERA for the year.
He has pitched 67 innings and has struck out 63 hitters with a 0.94 WHIP.
That’s much, much better than his career 4.44 ERA.
The Dodgers, once again, have worked their player development magic and identified a player with potential, giving him the tools to be a well-above average major leaguer.
Anderson, for them, has been a blessing, as they fight through injuries in their rotation.
He has helped them stay afloat, and they have helped him improve as a pitcher.