Jered Weaver won his 16th Game, Brian Fuentes got his 47th save, Juan Rivera hit his 25th HR and Kendry Morales stole home (a career first) on a botched pickoff play as the Angels tuned up for the playoffs against the Swingin (and missin' as they struck out 8 times) A's in Oakland. 5 Angels scored a run apiece and four had single ribbys.
What looked like it might be a combined 2-hit shutout fell apart in the 9th inning when closer in waiting Kevin Jepsen gave up some hits and soon had to be rescued by Fuentes, who was good for a little inherited runners scoring drama on the mound himself before striking out Mark Ellis and inducing a popup from Nomar Garciaparra to finish the game.
Weaver, the Angels' likely Game 2 ALDS starter, looked dominant in striking out 5 A's. Rookie Sean "Telletuby" O'Sullivan added 2 innings of scoreless relief. Bullpen questions, though, abound, as a routine inning by Jepsen forced manager Mike Scioscia to use Fuentes as a laugher suddenly became a save situation. While Fuentes calmed it all down, it was not exactly a reassuring appearance by the Save-Maestro.