Anderson’s no-hit bid falls short in Dodgers’ win over Angels

It was a no-hitter bid that started with a base hit.

In the very first strike of a memorable night at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, Angels outfielder Taylor Ward hit a low ball into right midfield.

Dodgers teammates Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts collided while tracking it down.

The ball briefly nestled in Bett’s glove but was ripped free as he fell to the ground. It was originally credited as a single by official scorer Jerry White. A few minutes later, however, the official decision was switched to an error.

It would be nine more innings before Tyler Anderson gave up a hit.

Before 50,812, Anderson flirted with history until the ninth when Shohei Ohtani laced a first-pitch triple into the right field corner in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Angels.

By then, Ward’s Blooper seemed like the next hit the Angels would record.

Mike Trout later walked in the first walk before Ohtani and Matt Duffy both slammed. Jared Walsh was hit by a pitch to start the second only to be stranded after Anderson recorded three straight outs.

From there, the left-hander was unstoppable with the 90-mph fastball, relentless switch and Herky-jerk delivery. In the next six innings, he knocked out 17 straight batters, a streak broken only by another uncertain scoring decision.

With two outs in the seventh, Walsh hit a slow roller halfway down the first baseline. Anderson catches the ball but puts his throw first. After a short delay, the game was ruled a fault.

Juan Lagares flew out in the next at-bat to end the inning. The pursuit of history continued.

In the eighth inning, Anderson gave up a lead over Kurt Suzuki. He needed shortstop Trea Turner to knock down a well-hit grounder by pinch-hitter Max Stassi for a fielder choice. But Anderson kept the no-no alive with a strikeout from Ward and returned to the mound in the ninth, despite his 117 pitches already marking a career high by that point.

Anderson beat Trout, trying to get within two outs of what would have been the 24th no-hitter in club history.

But on the next pitch, Ohtani laced up a line drive to the right that passed a diving effort by Betts near the line.

It was the final act of Anderson’s incredible night as the left-hander left the game to a standing ovation and words of encouragement from manager Dave Roberts.

Heaney ‘possible’ for Sunday

A night after Andrew Heaney completed his minor league rehab assignment with a scoreless five-inning start in Double A, Roberts said the left-hander could be available to return to the Dodgers rotation once Sunday’s series finale up against the Cleveland Guardians.

“It’s possible,” Roberts said. “I don’t want to go on the record right now, but once we get our pitching guys to hunker down and talk to Andrew, we’ll probably know a definitive answer by tomorrow.”

Roberts said Heaney was expected to fly back to Los Angeles Wednesday night but wasn’t sure if he’d make it to the stadium for the game.

Referee update

A night after Trout’s broken racquet hit him in the face, umpire Nate Tomlinson was off work Wednesday, but he was fine, according to Angels manager Phil Nevin.

Tomlinson was injured in the ninth inning on Tuesday when Trout hit the broken end of Trout’s bat in the face while executing the swing. The shard went through the eye slit in Tomlinson’s mask, bruising his nose and leaving a cut above his eye.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the Times that Trout — who turned when his bat hit Tomlinson but had to run quickly to first base when his flyball fell into flat midfield — had made contact with Tomlinson on Wednesday.

In Tomlinson’s absence, another umpire, Alan MacKay, was added to Wednesday’s crew to take his place.

Staff writer Sarah Valenzuela contributed to this report. Anderson’s no-hit bid falls short in Dodgers’ win over Angels

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