For the second night in a row, an MLB pitcher lost a no-hitter in the ninth inning.
Just over 24 hours after Miles Mikolas was a strike away from a no-hitter for the Cardinals, Tyler Anderson took a no-no into the ninth for the Dodgers against the Angels. He started the inning by facing Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
Anderson struck out Trout but gave up a line-drive triple down the right-field line to Ohtani, on a ball that was just out of the reach of a diving Mookie Betts. The hit ended Anderson’s bid and knocked him out of the game after a career-high 123 pitches.
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) June 16, 2022
A performance worthy of a standing ovation. Well done, Tyler Anderson. pic.twitter.com/F80bb2cjnP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 16, 2022
Anderson, who made his 10th start and 12th appearance for the Dodgers this season, has been sensational as a starter. He has gone six or more innings in six of his last seven starts and is 8-0 on the year after a 4-1 Dodgers victory Wednesday.
His no-hit bid almost never came to be. Taylor Ward led off the game with a fly ball that ended in an outfield collision between Betts and Cody Bellinger. The drive was initially ruled a single but the call was later changed to an error on Bellinger.
Ohtani’s triple was his first of the season. He is now slashing .259/.335/.485 with 13 home runs despite spells of inconsistency.
Matt Duffy immediately drove in the the two-way star with a single off LA closer Craig Kimbrel to make the score 4-1, which became the final.
Mikolas and Anderson are the first two pitchers to lose no-hitters in the ninth inning this season. There have been two no-hitters thrown (five pitchers for the Mets and Reid Detmers for the Angels).