Vernon Wells with a clutch base hit to drive in Torii Hunter from 2nd. Angels win in 10 innings while Jered Weaver receives a No-Decision for his effort tonight.
Weaver pitched a dominant 127-pitch performance tonight, going 9 innings, striking out 8, scattering 7 hits and allowing just 1 walk while lowering his ERA to an MLB leading 1.78(!)
It's a shame the offense left him hanging high and dry without a single run of support. Jordan Walden pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 10th inning to pick up the win.
What should have been recorded as a CG Shutout W is just a 9 IP bridge to a Walden victory.
Speaking of the offense, Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter each had three hits tonight but the batters behind them such as Vernon Wells and Jeff Mathis did nothing to help the cause through the first 9 innings of the game. Hunter looked like he had a 2 run HR in the 3rd inning but was robbed of it with an amazing catch by rookie Trayvon Robinson making his MLB debut tonight. Mathis was his usual plate full of suck, caught looking at strike 3 to end the 4th inning with the bases loaded and again in the 6th with runners at 2nd and 3rd. For a team that left 12 men on base tonight, the Angels played like a team that did not want to win going 0-8 w/RISP.
Fast forward to the 10th inning with Dan Cortes, the 5th different pitcher used by Seattle, pitching, and he serves up a lead-off single to Hula Dula the rookie Rula. Clearly in Cortes' head he throws a knuckle-curveball, confusing Miguel Olivo and bouncing to the backstop for a wild pitch, advancing Hunter to 2nd. At this point, Wells delivers the final blow with the bat, slapping the game winning hit over Jack Wilson's head to make those Friday Night Fireworks that much more enjoyable to watch.