Weaver strong as Angels beat Team Italy
MAR 06, 2013 3:17p ET
The Italian team was playing its final tuneup before opening the World Baseball Classic against Mexico on Thursday.
Outfield prospect Randal Grichuk snapped a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning with a two-run triple for the Angels, and Brendan Harris and Kole Calhoun each drove in runs with doubles during the inning. Scoutt Cousins hit a solo home run in the sixth.
Weaver gave up one run and three hits, struck out five and walked none in his 52-pitch stint, his only blemish Alex Liddi’s run-scoring double in the first. Jerome Williams followed Weaver and gave up two runs and two hits, including Chris Colabello’s two-run homer, in three innings.
“I thought Weav looked great,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He threw some really good changeups, good sliders and faced some big-league hitters, so he had to make some pitches. That was three strong innings from Weav.”