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
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
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
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
”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
”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
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.