ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels starter Reid Detmers became the first rookie pitcher with a no-hitter and a flawless inning in the same season, netting the latter against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
“That’s pretty cool, I really don’t know what to say,” said Detmers, who had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven innings. “My stuff was working and I had a ton of swings and misses.”
The Rangers tied the 1979 San Francisco Giants as the only rosters to have three clean innings pitched against them in a season. Houston twice retired Team Texas in order with three strikeouts on nine pitches in a June 15 game.
“It’s something you kinda think about,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “After the first guy, the second guy, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, can we get one here?’ This is something that does not happen very often. It’s happened to us so many times, but it’s more luck than anything I think.
Detmers, who went no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10, struck out three Texan batters on nine pitches in the second inning for the scorching 109th inning in baseball history.
The left-handed Detmers sat Ezequiel Duran, Kole Calhoun and Charlie Culberson. It’s the fourth flawless round in the majors this year. He allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and did not consider the call as the Rangers scored three in the ninth inning for a 5-2 win.
“I was focused on throwing more strikes. I was a little crazy in the first,” said Detmers, who allowed a run in the first on 23 pitches and 12 strikes. “I wanted to throw strikes and hammer the area. I had swings and misfires.
The Rangers became the first team to do so twice in the same game when Astros starter Luis Garcia retired in the second inning and reliever Phil Maton did so in the seventh on June 15.
Duran was one of the hitters in all three against the Rangers, a first according to MLB.com.
Detmers — the 10th overall pick by the Angels in the 2020 University of Louisville Draft — went 0-1 with a 5.67 ERA in six starts after going no-hitter before being sent to Triple- To Salt Lake for a start, but he’s showing signs of rebounding.
Since his recall, Detmers is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in four starts. He allowed four runs (three earned) in 24 innings with 31 strikeouts.
“The guy who came back (from Triple-A) is just amazing. He’s been able to adapt on the mound, his presence, everything about him has been pretty good,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “Quite frankly, he shouldn’t have dropped out of races today.”
Detmers is also the first pitcher since Houston’s Mike Fiers in 2015 to hit the clean/no-hitter double in the same year.
It’s only the third immaculate innings in Angels history, with all three occurring in the second inning. Nolan Ryan was the first on July 9, 1972 against Boston and Garrett Richards accomplished it on June 4, 2014 in Houston.
Immaculate Sleeves remain special, but are no longer as rare as they once were. It is the 10th since 2020 and the 61st since 2000. There were none recorded from 1929 to 1952.
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