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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson loses no-hit bid with one out in ninth inning against Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Tyler Anderson left a cutter out over the plate and knew he had surrendered his first hit as soon as it left Shohei Ohtani’s bat. The resulting line drive traveled at 98.2 mph down the right-field line with one out in Wednesday’s ninth inning. Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts dove full extension, but to no avail. Ohtani had notched a triple, and Anderson’s impressive—somewhat improbable—no-hit bid had ended after a career-high 123 pitches.

“A nice gesture,” Anderson, speaking after the Dodgers’ 4-1 victory, said of Betts’ diving attempt. “But so far away.”

Anderson, the 32-year-old left-hander signed to a one-year, $8 million contract shortly after the lockout ended, reverted to an old changeup grip that makes the pitch travel more slowly and used it to induce nine of his 13 swings and misses on the night. He struck out eight batters and allowed five baserunners before Ohtani’s last plate appearance—two on walks, one on a hit by pitch and two on errors, on a near-collision between Betts and Cody Bellinger to begin the game and on Anderson’s own errant throw in the seventh.

Anderson became the first Dodgers pitcher to lose a no-hitter in the ninth inning or later since Rich Hill, who lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 23, 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, tyler anderson

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas falls strike shy of no-hitter, says ‘it kinda stinks to not finish’

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas fell one strike short of a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates when Cal Mitchell doubled with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night.

Mitchell drove a 2-2 curveball just over the head of Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Bader. The ball bounced on the warning track 383 feet from home plate and over the wall in straightaway center for a ground-rule double.

“The curveball had been pretty good all day, and maybe I tried to overthrow it just a little bit,” Mikolas said of the hit during his postgame, on-field interview. “I left it a little bit up. The guy put a really good swing on it. That one just kept going.”

The hit came on the 129th pitch from Mikolas—most in the majors this season and 14 more than his previous career high set May 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was lifted right after that for Packy Naughton, who closed out a 9-1 victory over the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader.

“I’m in the best shape of my life, so that’s no problem for me. That’s what starters train all year for,” Mikolas said about topping 100 pitches. “Going the distance is always the goal.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: miles mikolas, no-hitter

 

 

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