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 struck out two in 2 1/3 innings of action in the Rays’ 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros in the American League Divisional Series Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Anderson entered with two outs and a runner on in the fourth inning. After a wild pitch, Anderson forced Yuli Gurriel into a ground out to end the inning.
Anderson returned for the fifth where he forced Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick into fly outs and then got Robinson Chirinos on a called third strike.
In the sixth inning, Anderson gave up a single to George Springer and then forced Michael Brantley into a double play. He then struck out Jose Altuve to end the inning.
Anderson threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.
In three postseason games, Anderson has pitched 4 1/3 innings. He has six strikeouts to go with five hits and one earned run and a 3.00 ERA.