Former Brainerd Warriors pitcher Nick Anderson is in his first season in the major leagues as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Anderson pitched a perfect eighth inning as he struck out all three batters he faced. He got Travis Demeritte on a foul tip strike out. Jake Rogers and Jordy Mercer both went down swinging. Anderson threw 11 pitches, nine for strikes.

In his last seven games, Anderson is 2-0 with a hold. He’s pitched seven innings and struck out 17 batters. He’s allowed one hit and no walks for a 0.00 ERA.

For the season, Anderson is 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 52 games. He’s collected one save and 86 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings. He’s allowed just 16 walks, three intentional, and 41 hits. Opponents are hitting .216 off of him.

The Rays are 72-52 and in second place in the American League East. They are 10.5 games behind the New York Yankees, but are second in the Wild Card race behind Cleveland.