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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 lC AND Cody Anderson eyes Oakland runner Sam Fuld at first base during the first inning of the Indians-A's game Aug. 1 in Oakland, Photos by Greg Knight ._ Greg Knight Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.com For the first time since he was a sophomore at Feather River College, family, friends and fans of Cody Anderson got the chance to see him pitch -- this time in a major league game Saturday, July 1, as his Indians squad took on the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. Anderson, a 2009 graduate of Quincy High School, pitched a strong 6 2/3 innings, though the Indians fell, 5-1, ending a three-game winning streak against the A's. Despite the loss, Anderson pitched "pretty darn well," according to Indians manager Terry Francona. Anderson, now with a 2-3 record in seven starts, allowed four runs, three of them earned, on six hits while walking two and striking out four. "He got us pretty deep into the game," Francona said after the game. Anderson retired 10 in a row before getting into trouble between the fifth and seventh innings; Oakland's Marcus Semien smashed a moon shot with two outs in the seventh, bringing to a stop Anderson's stint on the mound. Nearly 300 residents from Plumas County attended the game and were dispersed throughout the Oakland Coliseum. The Plumas crowd was quite raucous in their appreciation of Anderson's effort -- leading one Comcast SportsNet Bay Area anchor to offer commentary during the live broadcast. "Fron the reaction of the crowd when he took the mound, it sounds like there's quite a few of his family and friends here to watch him as he is making "It was definitely incredible being able to pitch in front of that many people from Quincy. It was an honor to have all of them come down and watch me." Cody Anderson his start," said CSN anchor Ray Fosse, adding, "You can hear the section where Anderson has his friends and family; they are making noise every time he throws a strike." After the game, Anderson said the game was even more surreal than his June 21 debut against the Tampa Bay Rays. "It was definitely incredible being able to pitch in front of that many people from Quincy," Anderson said. "It was an honor to have all of them come down and watch me. It was almost like making my debut; it was that intense. The adrenaline was even more than in my first game, my debut, and leading up to any game you get jitters, but this vas especially big because I had everyone here and I used to come watch games as a kid. Now I am pitching here." In addition to dozens of friends and former teammates on both the Trojans and Golden Eagles baseball teams, Anderson's mother and father, Marie and Todd Anderson of Blairsden, were in the crowd cheering on their son. In terms of Cody's first appearance on the West Coast, Marie said she was glad the throngs of Plumas County fans were in the Oakland Coliseum to see his start. "I'm always nervous when he plays because I want him to do good and I know how hard he is on himself, so it felt good to be able to give him that support, along with having all his extended family and friends to be around," she said. "We've been looking forward to him coming over for a while. I know he was excited to have everybody here as well." Going back in time to when Cody was wearing the red uniform of Quincy, Marie added that there was one very special memory of Cody's time as a Trojan -- one that happened in a playoff game back on June 16, 2010. "In his last game played in high school, he pitched against and beat Portola," she added "I went to Quincy High School and so did my parents, so the long-time rivalry between Quincy and Portola is kind of deep in my family roots It was great to have the win come in his very last game in high school." Despite three recent losses for Anderson, he has still been making history at the major league level; he has become the first pitcher since 1960 to carry a perfect game into the seventh inning during his first two career starts. He also surrendered only two runs over 23 2/3 innings during his first three career starts and is just the ninth player in Major League Baseball's modern era to toss at least a 6 2/3 innings while allowing one or fewer runs in four starts since 1914. Cody Anderson, Center, leaves the Oakland Coliseum with his mother Marie, Todd after the game against Oakland. Anderson's family gets into the cheerleading act during the game. From left: Tiffany Leonhardt and Marie Anderson root for their favorite Indian player. left, and Rebecca father Leonhardt, t