Reid Detmers shines in his last 2022 start as Angels top Rangers

This was Reid Detmers’ last chance to impress for the 2022 season.

Detmers mowed through the Texas Rangers lineup, scattering four hits, walking just one and hitting nine over six innings in a 4-1 win Friday night at Angel Stadium. It was the Angels’ fifth straight win.

“You always want to have a strong degree,” says Detmers. “The last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle but it’s been a good setback. I’m glad how it went. Good end to the season.”

Detmers gave the first hit, a single, to Corey Seager in the first inning.

He didn’t give up another hit until the fourth inning, which started with Detmer’s Seager walking and two batsmen later giving up a double to Adolis Garcia.

Garcia’s double drove into Seager for Detmer’s lonely deserved run, retiring on Friday.

He dropped another double to Sam Huff in the fifth inning and then a single to Garcia in the sixth.

Detmers was replaced by reliever Andrew Wantz, who gave up the one extra goal Rangers scored. José Quijada and Jimmy Herget finished in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

“A great night for him, a hell of a season,” interim manager Phil Nevin said of Detmers. “I know he wanted to go more, and of course I always do, but I just felt like I wanted him to end on that grade, you know, six good ones.”

Angels' Luis Rengifo and Rangers catcher Sam Huff watch Rengifo's solo home run in the third inning on September 30, 2022.

Angels’ Luis Rengifo and Rangers catcher Sam Huff watch Rengifo’s solo home run in the third inning.

(Alex Gallardo/Associated Press)

Just about five months ago, Detmers, a left-handed rookie pitcher from Illinois, threw his first no-hitter — as of Friday, it was still the only solo no-hitter this season.

Detmers had ups and downs all season. On June 21, he gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks.

The next day, he was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake specifically to work on his slider, which had caused many of his fights.

He remained there until recalled on July 8, replacing Michael Lorenzen, who had gone on the injured list with a right shoulder strain.

“He will stay here for a very long time,” Lorenzen said when asked to rate Detmers after Friday’s game. “He has the composure. He has everything.

“It’s going to be fun to watch his career because it seems like all he has to do is go out there and do what he’s doing and he’ll thrive.”

Detmers returned from Triple A again, giving up just four earned runs and hitting 38 in his first five starts, 31 innings, back with the Big League team. Twelve of those strikeouts came in a seven-inning start against the Rangers.

In his previous seven starts, he struggled to finish six innings because his pitch count went too high too quickly. Of those seven, he gave up four earned runs in four games.

Detmers did not have these problems on Friday.

“There’s a high ceiling, there’s leadership, you can see he’s a big anchor of a rotation and he’s leading the lads and making them better,” Nevin said of Detmers’ season. “It’s hard to say that about someone who’s 23 years old and two years out of college. These are the types of types that win with.

“I have no doubts that I don’t have to worry about Reid Detmers preparing for next season. I know he will.”

The Angels’ offense gave him enough support and ended with 11 hits. Jo Adell and Luis Rengifo hit solo homers in the second and third innings, respectively.

Taylor Ward’s RBI double in the fifth got Mike Trout, who also doubled. Livan Soto’s sacrificial bunt, coupled with a fielding error from Rangers representative Taylor Hearn, allowed Matt Duffy to score the Angels’ fourth run.

As for Detmer’s offseason, he plans to work on his move when he returns to the Cressey Sports Performance facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a popular offseason training destination for many major league players.

Th Angels' Mike Trout directs the bases in his fifth-inning double on September 30, 2022.

Mike Trout leads bases in his fifth-inning double for the Angels. He later faced Taylor Ward’s double.

(Alex Gallardo/Associated Press)

Farewell to Kurt Suzuki

The Angels sent off catcher Kurt Suzuki before and during Friday night’s game.

Suzuki, who plans to retire after the season, knew his kids would throw the ceremonial first pitch.

What he didn’t know was that General Managers Perry Minasian and Nevin would be gifting him a custom longboard and that many of his former teammates and managers had collaborated on a series of congratulatory videos that played on the Angels’ big screens throughout the night.

Those who sent Suzuki best wishes included former teammates Max Scherzer, Eduardo Escobar, Brian Dozier, Glen Perkins, Justin Turner and Kyle Gibson; former managers including Dave Martinez and Brian Snitker; and Calvin Minasian, who was a longtime equipment coordinator in Washington.

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Emma Bowman

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