Both of Anderson’s career starts are against the Rays. In his first start on June 21, he shut out the Rays in 7⅔ innings.
On Monday, he had a perfect game through 6⅓ innings before Grady Sizemore hit a home run to break it up. Anderson finished the game allowing one run on two hits in eight innings to pick up the win.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Anderson is the third pitcher in the last 40 seasons to face the same opponent in his first two career starts and allow one or fewer runs in seven or more innings in both starts, and the first to do so since Josh Fogg in 2002 (for the Pirates against the Cubs).
Anderson is the first pitcher to take a perfect game bid into the seventh inning within his first two career games since Juan Marichal in 1960.
Coincidentally, Anderson was drafted by the Rays in 2010, but didn't sign, and then was drafted by the Indians in 2011.
How Anderson beat the Rays on Monday:
Anderson retired all eight leadoff hitters he faced, and he retired all eight batters he faced with two outs.
Eighteen of his 24 outs came via the fastball, including a stretch of 11 straight batters retired by fastball at one point.
All nine hitters to put the ball on the ground against Anderson made outs.