Angels 1, Mariners 0(10)

There have been numerous times in Jered Weaver’s career when he

felt he had to pitch a shutout to win a game. For the second time

this season, he threw nine scoreless innings without getting a

decision.

Vernon Wells singled home the winning run in the 10th, and the

Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Friday night in

Weaver’s first start since he was ejected for intentionally

throwing at a batter.

The two-time All-Star pitched nine scoreless innings in a

no-decision on May 28 against Minnesota, a 1-0 loss in 10.

”I’m just going to go out there and try to keep runs off the

board,” Weaver said after his sixth scoreless outing of the

season. ”Obviously, when you’re getting to the sixth, seventh,

eighth inning and the guys aren’t putting any runs up, you’ve got

to try to keep them off the board. Our defense helped out a lot and

made some good plays for me.”

Seattle starter Jason Vargas escaped a bases-loaded jam in the

fourth by striking out Jeff Mathis. It was up to Mathis again to

break the scoreless tie with two outs and runners at second and

third in the sixth, but he fanned again. Mathis was 0 for 3,

dropping his average to .181 and his average with runners in

scoring position to .173.

”Obviously, he’s not swinging the bat real well right now, but

from a team standpoint, his catching overshadows what he does at

the plate. It always does,” Weaver said. ”He’s nails back there.

The fans don’t see it that way, but he’s too good to keep him out

of the lineup. And he’s too strong to let what he’s not doing at

the plate affect him.”

Weaver was hit with a six-game suspension last Tuesday, two days

after he threw a pitch over the head of Detroit’s Alex Avila in

anger during the seventh inning of a 3-0 loss.

He defied a warning plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt gave to both

dugouts in that game, after Weaver complained to Wendelstedt about

Carlos Guillen’s showboating on a home run he hit on the previous

pitch.

The Angels’ ace appealed the suspension and thus was eligible to

face the Mariners – a team he came in 7-0 against with a 2.01 ERA

in 10 starts at Anaheim. Weaver is scheduled for a hearing next

week when the Angels are in New York to play the Yankees, and the

Angels will need someone to start in his place next Wednesday.

”I wasn’t even thinking about the suspension, to tell the

truth,” Weaver said. ”I’m going to go out and pitch just like I

always do, regardless of the circumstances. It didn’t even cross my

mind. But I’m going to keep the appeal to have my voice heard a

little bit and for them to hear my side of the story. We’ll see

what happens in New York.”

Weaver scattered seven hits, struck out eight and lowered his

major league-leading ERA to 1.78. Last year’s major league

strikeout leader remained 8-1 with a 1.35 ERA over his last 14

outings overall, with two of the wins coming against Seattle –

including a five-hit shutout on June 14. Weaver has allowed only

one run over his last 30 innings against the Mariners.

”You have to make him get the ball up a little more in the

zone,” Seattle designated hitter Casper Wells said. ”He’s

typically a fastball guy, and that’s the way I thought he’d be

pitching. But he threw a lot of sliders, and his slider is pretty

deceptive with the way he throws. He just seems like he has the

confidence when guys get into scoring position to make guys chase.

You have to make him come into your zone.”

Torii Hunter led off the 10th with a single against rookie Dan

Cortes (0-2), advanced on a wild pitch and came home when Wells

lined a 2-2 pitch to left-center. The victory ended Seattle’s

three-game winning streak and sent the Mariners to their 17th loss

in their last 19 games at Angel Stadium.

Angels closer Jordan Walden (3-3) pitched a perfect inning for

the win.

Vargas scattered seven hits over six innings and struck out

three, the fourth time in five starts the Mariners didn’t score

while he was in the game. The left-hander is 0-5 over his last six

starts with a 5.57 ERA since beating San Diego 6-0 with his third

shutout of the season.

Seattle outfielder Trayvon Robinson made an auspicious major

league debut, robbing Hunter of a two-run homer with a leaping grab

above the short fence in the left field corner to end the third

inning.

”He hit it pretty good, but there’s a low fence there so I just

wanted to get over there and make an attempt,” Robinson said.

”After I did it, I put my hand up to let everybody know I caught

the ball. Then I immediately turned to Torii and I was like, `Oh,

God, I’ve got to walk past him and he’s going to kill me.’ It was

quite a sight.”

Robinson was traded from the Dodgers to Boston on July 31 and

then shipped to Seattle the same day in exchange for left-hander

Erik Bedard. He became the ninth Mariners player to make his major

league debut this season after getting called up from Triple-A

Tacoma. Robinson singled in the sixth inning for his first big

league hit.

”He looked totally comfortable out there, and the whole time it

looked like it was no big thing for him,” Wells said. ”I remember

how I felt in my debut, when I threw out Dustin Pedroia at the

plate from left field by a good 10 feet, but it wasn’t nearly as

spectacular a play as Trey made. That was one of the best catches

I’ve ever seen. It was unbelievable.”

Wells, in his fifth game with Seattle after getting traded from

Detroit on July 30, made the baserunning blunder of the game to

kill a rally in the eighth. First baseman Mark Trumbo fielded

Robinson’s grounder with two on and got the force at second on

Franklin Gutierrez. Shortstop Erick Aybar knew he had no chance to

double up Robinson and instead threw to third baseman Alberto

Callaspo for the tag on Wells after he rounded the bag too far.

”I was just being aggressive. I didn’t have any intention of

going home, but I wanted my momentum going that way in case

something happened where Datzy (third base coach Jeff Datz) had to

send me,” Wells said. ”I mean, he had the hold-up sign for me,

but it didn’t necessarily mean for me that I had to stop on the

bag. Before you knew it, the ball was there. This won’t happen

again.”

Notes: All of Weaver’s strikeouts were in the first four

innings. … Aybar was 0 for 3 against Vargas, and has no RBIs in

27 career at-bats against him.