Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022
Two more outs were needed to give Tyler Anderson a no-hitter. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-to-1 on a picturesque Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium.
Tyler Anderson pitched the best game by a Dodger. When the Dodgers signed the crafty left-handed Anderson, most Dodger fans thought no big deal, but Anderson has been a Godsend for the Dodgers. Without Anderson and Tony Gonsolin, the Dodgers would be a mediocre team instead of being a tied-for-the-first team.
Anderson was masterful with his fastball and changeup. Unlike most modern-day pitchers, he does not throw in the upper 90s-miles-per-hour fastballs, but he still can baffle the Angels. He was never under stress, enabling him to throw a career-high 123 pitches. Anderson has had a mediocre Major-League career, and this game was a highlight of his career. Shohei Ohtani tripled to break up the no-hitter. When Anderson exited the game, the large crowd gave Anderson a standing ovation, probably his first at any level of baseball. Manager Dave Roberts will be criticized for allowing Anderson to throw 123 pitches, but Roberts gave Anderson a night that he will remember.
Craig Kimbrel closed out the game for the Dodgers, but he allowed Ohtani to score.
In the first, against young lefthander Reid Detmers, after Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner walked, Will Smith socked a three-run homer. Trea Turner hit his eighth home run of the year.