ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Angels starter Reid Detmers became the first pitcher in seven years with a no-hitter and a flawless inning in the same season, netting the latter against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Rangers tied the 1979 San Francisco Giants as the only rosters to have three clean innings pitched against them in a season. Houston got Texas for two clean runs in the same game on June 15.
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 eliminated Ezequiel Duran, Kole Calhoun and Charlie Culberson. It’s the fourth flawless round in the majors this year.
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 has struggled since his no-hitter. He was sent to Triple-A Salt Lake for a few weeks before being recalled.
Prior to Detmers, Houston’s Mike Fiers in 2015 was the last to make 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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