6/15/22 LOS ANGELES, CA - Tyler Anderson had a chance for a no-hitter spoil during the top of the ninth inning after Shohei Otani hit a triple as the Dodgers beat the Angels 4-1 to sweep the two-game series.
Anderson (8-0) pitched 8.1 innings for the Dodgers, gave up one hit and one run, and had eight strikeouts as he walked off the field to a standing ovation by the Dodgers fans.
"Just soaking it in," Anderson said when asked about what was going through his mind as he walked off the mound to a standing ovation. "It felt like a really big spot in a playoff game situation. The crowd was really, really into it. You can feel the energy in situations like that, and you don't get that very often."
The Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers pitched 3.2 innings, gave up four hits and four runs, and had six strikeouts.
The Dodgers led 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning after Freddie Freeman and Trea Tuner got on base, and Will Smith hit a home run over the left-center field fence.
Chris Taylor could have given the Dodgers a 6-0 lead, but Mike Trout in the center field went up and caught the ball before it went over the fence.
The Dodgers increased their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning after Trea Turner hit a solo home run over the left-center field fence.
Anderson, who went past his career-high of 110 pitches, was still looking sharp and many of us wonder if Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was going to take him out because of the high pitch count.
"I look at each individual situation, and I know I've got this reputation as the grim reaper," Roberts laughed. "But I'm a sports fan, too, and I wanted that just as much -- I really felt I wanted that just as much as Tyler and his teammates wanted that for him."
Dodgers Stadium was rocking as Anderson was carving thru the Angels lineup, his teammates in suspense on every pitch, every play, watching the young gun no-hitter in the balance.
"This is the Dodgers. It's Dodger Stadium. It's the Freeway Series. It's [Mike] Trout, Ohtani, and you've got Tyler Anderson here with an opportunity to take a no-hitter into the ninth inning with 50,000 people," said Roberts. "You talk about odds, that's a special moment."
The chance of a no-hitter by Anderson went up in smoke in the top of the ninth inning after Shohei Otani hit a line drive to left-field and out of the reach of a diving Mookie Betts for a triple.
Moments later, Anderson gave up a single to Matt Duffy to center field, and Otani came home to make the final score 4-1. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #losangelesangels #tyleranderson #shoheiotani #willsmith #tgsportstv1