Tyler Anderson works 7 scoreless innings in Angels’ victory over Marlins – Orange County Register

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MIAMI — Tyler Anderson delivered exactly what the Angels needed.

The left-hander pitched seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, saving the Angels on a night when most of their relievers needed a rest.

“Honestly, I just felt like I wanted to make as many good pitches as I can,” Anderson said. “Go do it and whenever (Manager Ron Washington) said I was done, I was done. No goal of trying to throw more or whatever. Sometimes I feel like that can put you in a bad spot of trying too hard, as opposed to just trying to make as many good pitches as you can and see where you end up at.”

No Angels starter had gotten an out in the sixth inning through the first four games. On Monday, the Angels needed five relievers to get through six innings. They could have made a roster move to bring in a fresh reliever, as insurance in case Anderson got knocked out early, but they instead took their chances.

Anderson did the job, pitching his best game since signing a three-year, $39 million deal with the Angels prior to the 2023 season. He had a 5.43 ERA last season.

“It’s a huge boost for everyone, if we can get this kind of performance,” Washington said. “That’s what we shoot for out of every one of our starters.”

The key for Anderson was throwing strikes, which is what the Angels have been preaching to their pitchers since the start of spring training.

“Having a little better fastball command, being able to get it in or away,” Anderson said. “Being able to throw offspeed for strikes.”

Anderson threw 59 strikes among his 83 pitches, with just two walks and five strikeouts. Anderson started the game by pitching a perfect first on seven pitches, all strikes.

He threw a first-pitch strike to 69% of the hitters he faced, which was the highest percentage for any of the Angels starters through the first five games. (The major league average is 60%.)

Anderson mostly cruised through the Marlins’ lineup, although he caught one break to get out of a jam.

In the third inning, the Marlins had runners at first and second base with one out. Both runners were going on the pitch as Avisail Garcia hit a fly ball to center field. Jazz Chisholm Jr. had already touched third when he turned to go back to second, but he failed to retouch third. When the Angels threw the ball to third, Chisholm was called out, ending the inning.

“He had third base stolen so that was great to have him go back and we got two outs and inning over,” Anderson said. “That was huge.”

In the sixth, shortstop Zach Neto helped save Anderson by making a spectacular diving stop of a Josh Bell grounder. Neto hopped to his feet and fired a strong throw, in time to get Bell.

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