On the heels of a thrilling 1-0 victory in 13 innings which earned the Los Angeles Dodgers a three-game sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon, Dodgers starter Brett Anderson gave insight into his performance.
Anderson (1-1), who struck out four over six scoreless innings but walked away with his third no-decision in five starts this season, was encouraged after his latest outing. “I like where I’m at going forward,” Anderson said.
“I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. My last start, even though it turned out to be just okay, I liked where my stuff was headed and it was even better today.”
Anderson added that a lack of continuity is what has hurt him in the past few seasons, and hopes his recent form and continuity will provide him something to build on moving forward. “I felt good [Sunday],” Anderson said.
“I don’t know how many pitches I threw but I got some doubles plays and was able to be fairly efficient. It was a good stepping stone, hopefully, for starts to come.”
Anderson threw 86 pitches (57 for strikes) in his six innings of work and didn’t issue any walks. Although the Dodgers always envisioned him as an integral part of the rotation when they signed him this offseason, his importance has become exponentially greater after injury Hyun-Jin Ryu and, more recently, a season-ending injury to Brandon McCarthy.
Anderson was left frustrated after his April 27 start against the San Francisco Giants during which he allowed three runs in 4.2 innings. He lamented himself for not being able to protect an early lead and said there were adjustments needed.
Now with five starts under his belt, Anderson has pitched six innings only twice — with both times coming against the Diamondbacks.
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