After Phillips got out of the eighth, Detmers made quick work of Tampa Bay.
The Angels’ top pick in the 2020 M.L.B. draft, Detmers entered this season as Baseball America’s top-ranked left-handed pitching prospect. He was 1-1 with a 5.32 E.R.A. in five starts going into Tuesday’s action and had been working with the Angels’ pitching coach, Matt Wise, and the team’s assistant pitching coach, Dom Chiti, on better placement of his inside fastball to right-handed hitters and working his changeup off his fastball.
“If he learns to do that on a regular basis, with the other stuff he has, that’s going to be a big part of his success,” Maddon said.
In turn, that could be an enormous part of the Angels’ success. That the spotlight swung to the mound on this night in Anaheim is an encouraging development for the Angels, whose all-bat, no-arms status over much of the past decade has kept them out of the playoffs since 2014.