MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – The Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Saturday night with Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval breaking his near-record no-hit bid.
Patrick Sandoval knew history was within his grasp. The young Los Angeles Angels left-hander looked up at the scoreboard after every inning to confirm his work: no hits allowed.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin To Be Arraigned Thursday For Allegedly Violating Teen's Civil Rights In 2017
Sandoval had his no-hit bid broken up with one out in the ninth inning on a soft double by rookie Brent Rooker as the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins.
“All of a sudden, I got shunned,” Sandoval said. “After the seventh, I came in and I was like, ’Everyone is really far away from me.”′
Sandoval, a 24-year-old who began the game with a 3-13 career record, struck out a career-high 13. He was vying for the 12th no-hitter in Angels history — Nolan Ryan threw four of his record seven no-hitters for them.
There have already been seven no-hitters in the majors this season. The big-league record of eight was set in 1884, the first year overhand pitching was permitted.
The Twins hadn’t come close to a hit until Rooker, who fanned his first three times up, flared an opposite-field fly that fell just inside the line in right.
Sandoval (3-4) smiled after the ball fell, retired the next batter and then was pulled after 108 pitches. He walked one and hit two.READ MORE: In Kanabec County, You Can Walk Through A Minnesota-Shaped Pine Forest
Closer Raisel Iglesias allowed an RBI double to Josh Donaldson before getting his 21st save in 25 chances.
José Berríos (7-5) allowed two unearned runs in seven innings in perhaps his final start for Minnesota. Berríos, a potential trade candidate after being unable to come to terms on a contract extension, allowed three hits and struck out four.
But, in a somewhat unexpected fashion, this was Sandoval’s night.
He had made just 26 career starts in the majors. Acquired from the Houston Astros in 2018 in a trade for catcher Martin Maldonado, Sandoval has shown an ability to get swings and misses, but he displayed the knack for shutting a team down on Saturday.
Sandoval kept the struggling Twins at bay with a combination of his sinker, changeup and slider.
Minnesota, who traded Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay this week in the first of a likely sell-off situation, hardly challenged for a hit against Sandoval.MORE NEWS: After Another Assault, What's Being Done To Keep Downtown Mpls. Safe?
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