Dodgers fans are probably going to be talking about the near no-hitter by Tyler Anderson for a while. The southpaw tossed 8.1 hitless innings last week against the Angels before Shohei Ohtani laced a triple down the line. But it was a masterful performance.
Dave Roberts left his guy in there for 123 pitches, which really hurt when news broke about a scoring change. The official score was updated to reflect a base hit in the 7th inning by Jared Walsh. It was originally scored as an error when Anderson spiked the ball past Freddie Freeman.
But according to the LA Times’ Jack Harris, that appeal came at the request of Walsh and the Angels. He added that had the Dodgers pitcher completed the no-hitter that he would not have made the appeal to have it overturned.
“There were a few people on the field, teammates, other people, who encouraged me to do it, saying ‘Hey, that’s a pretty tough play for a left-handed pitcher, gotta pick it up, spin 180 and throw a strike. If that breaks up no-hitter, I wouldn’t have appealed it. In the game, the official scorer ruled it an error quickly. I was fine with that. I hit the ball 20 mph for about three feet. Had he still had the no-hitter, I wouldn’t have fought it.”
It was just a bad way to come off of such a good performance. Especially since Doc left his guy out there to throw more pitches than he ever had in the big leagues. But the Dodgers did get the win and took the series from Anaheim.
But what’s done is done. There’s no way of knowing if Walsh actually would not have appealed had the no-no been completed, but we’ll take his word for it. The Dodgers head out to Atlanta tonight for a series against the Braves.
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