Jered Weaver Keeps Angels Close

Final Score in Oakland: Angels 4, Athletics 1

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It wasn't pretty and it took way more pitches to get through seven innings from a guy who is expected to be pitching again Sunday on three days rest in Baltimore, but Jered Weaver earned his paycheck by gutting it out during Oakland's semi-annual baserunnerfest.

Highlights:

  • Scott Downs pitched a scoreless 8th!
  • Jordan Walden got the Save, his 31st of the season.
  • Weav won his 17th, and even though wins don't matter, that is pretty awesome.
  • Mark Trumbo hit his 27th HR, a 2-run bomb that broke a 1-1 tie. HE was 2-4 (and both hits were off rightys) in the game, a day after being benched. He also had a SB.
  • Bobby Abreu doubled home a run and also had a single, a walk and 2 runs scored.

Lowlights:

  • Peter Bourjos got picked off 1B on a terrible call but he was leaning pretty far. (Larry David Voice) Pretty pretty far...
  • Bourjos also got a cleat stick in the turf and missed a flyout in the gap in the 9th. It went down as a double off of Walden.
  • Vernon Wells (1-4) got a hit when it didn't matter and left 2 on base when it did.
  • Jeff Mathis (1-4) got a hit when it didn't matter (right after the Bourjos pickoff) and struck out twice.
  • In Lyle Spencer Mathismatics, Mathis forced Weaver to throw 115 pitches.
  • Mathis is so terrible at framing pitches that the great Weav only recorded one strikeout in the game.
  • Torii Hunter grounded into a double play, but it was pretty amazing fielding by the Oakland 2B Eric Sogard that allowed that to happen.

All that being said, hey Oakland, can you bring this level of defense to when you play the Arlington Rangers of Medellin? Thanks.

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