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First Pitch: All the ways Reid Detmers made history with Angels no-hitter

Reid Detmers

May 10, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers (48) celebrates with catcher Chad Wallach (35) after throwing a no hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Detmers, despite being a rookie and not having thrown a complete game in his professional career (this includes the minor leagues), was allowed to go the distance by manager Joe Maddon.

Unlike that other team in the Los Angeles metro area, Maddon doesn’t pull his starters when they have a chance at history — history which Detmers completed with ease against a Rays team that just wanted the night to end.

 

The rookie collected just two strikeouts in the process, and allowed only one baserunner. At 108 pitches, he was efficient enough for his manager Maddon to feel comfortable allowing him to go out for the vital ninth inning.

“He had much better mound presence tonight,” Maddon said. “He just looked and felt the part tonight. Bully for him. That’s potentially a life-altering event.”

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