Jered Weaver pitched his first Complete Game since 2012, throwing 94 pitches of two-hit, one run, five strikeout baseball as the beat the . On the giveaway night honoring Albert Pujols with a Bobblehead to celebrate his historic 500th home run the slugger hit his 505th career HR, his 13ht of the season and his 60th as an Angel to break a 1-1 tie.
With his second strikeout, Weaver passed Mike Witt for third place on the all time Angels strikeout list. Only Chuck Finley and Nolan Ryan are ahead of the Weave. Pujols passed Eddie Murray for sole possession of 25th place on baseball all time strikeout list. Gary Sheffield ranks 24th with 509.
Weaver came out for the ninth inning having only thrown 86 pitches. As Ernesto Frieri was warming up in the bullpen "just in case", Weaver got a one-pitch fly out and then hit George Springer, the Astro who had homered off of him on the first pitch of the top of the fourth inning. Weaver then struggled 3-0 to Dexter Fowler before getting two strikes. Weave then picked off Springer, who appeared to severely pull his groin on the embarrassing play. It was all Weaver and Pujols as Albert applied the tag with time to spare on the hung-out-to-dry baserunner. Fowler then popped out and Weaver was the man of the hour.
Collin McHugh pitched a dominating game over the Halos bats. With Mike Trout riding the pine for the first time this season he allowed four hits and struck out seven but in the bottom of the third he allowed a base hit to Efren Navasrro with one out. A Howie Kendrick groundout moved Navarro to 2B and then Erick Aybar hit a ball into no-man's land in front of the CF and beyond the 2B and that gave the Angels the lead. Pujols would get the lead back for good but you have to figure that McHugh could really help the Angels with some of that dominating pitching like he showed tonight aimed at our AL West opponents, yeah? Yeah!