Jered Weaver did not have his "Ace" stuff on the mound tonight but pitched 7 strong innings while holding the Yankees to 2 runs.
Last time Weaver started a game against the Yankees at home during the regular season, you have to look back to July 11, 2009 in a crazy 14-8 win against the MFY. This was a game in which Weaver had 9 runs of support to work with. Fast forward 23 months later and Weaver is lucky to receive even 3 runs of support tonight after just 2 whole runs in his last 4 starts.
Things got off to a rough start as Jered Weaver and Derek Jeter were locked up in a 14 pitch(!) at-bat before a flyout to center. All told, Weave threw 27 pitches in a 1-2-3 1st inning and 117 for the game. Bobby Abreu and Callaspo had an RBI each to take a 2-0 lead. The Yankees would nibble away at the lead, posting a run in the 2nd and 4th innings but Peter Bourjos countered with a base hit that scored Russell Branyan to give Weaver the lead for good.
For all the support they provided Weaver with, the opportunity for insurance runs were ample tonight stranding fifteen runners on the basepaths. Torii Hunter once again involves himself in a double play tonight striking out in the 7th inning and Maicer Izturis caught stealing at 3rd to end the inning.
Angels bullpen stepped up tonight in a big way to preserve the win. Scott Downs retired the first two batters in the 8th inning then issued a walk to Mark Teixiera. A-Roid would hit into a fielders choice with Alberto Callaspo opting to get the close force out at 2nd to end the 8th inning.
Fireballin' Jordan Walden closed out the 9th inning for his lucky 13th save of the season.