Angels 7, Dodgers 1
Jered Weaver was a late addition to the AL All-Star team last
season because of a newly instituted rule that prevented pitchers
who started the previous Sunday from being allowed to play in the
But instead of filling in for CC Sabathia and Trevor Cahill,
Weaver also was declared ineligible because of an embarrassing
oversight by AL manager Joe Girardi – who wasn’t aware that Weaver
had pitched against Cahill.
That won’t be an issue this time around, and Weaver won’t be an
afterthought, either. Not with a major league-best 1.92 ERA and a
9-4 record with one start left before the break.
Saturday night, the Angels’ ace got a measure of payback against
Clayton Kershaw six days after a tough-luck loss in their previous
matchup, and Vernon Wells homered to lead Los Angeles to a 7-1
victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night.
”I’m focused regardless of who’s out there,” Weaver said.
”I’m not going up against the other pitcher. I’m going up against
the other team. But you know it’s going to be a battle when you go
up against a guy like that because there might now be a lot of runs
scored. Tonight the guys hit him around a little bit.”
If Weaver does get the starting assignment when the All-Stars
converge in Phoenix on July 12, he would become fifth Angels
pitcher to do so in the franchise’s 51-year history. That list
includes Ken McBride (1963), Dean Chance (1964), Nolan Ryan (1979)
and Mark Langston (1993).
”It would be a great thing, but I’m not really worried about
that right now,” Weaver said. ”There’s been a lot of talk about
it, and I’ve gotten hyped up about it before. If it happens, it
happens. We’ve got some things to concentrate on before any of that
goes on, and that’s winning ballgames.”
Weaver won his fourth straight decision over six starts,
allowing a run and four hits through eight innings with eight
strikeouts and two walks. Last season’s major league strikeout
leader gave up his only run in the fifth on Trent Oeltjen’s
Kershaw (8-4) was charged with a season-high seven runs – six
earned – and nine hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts. It was
the first time in the left-hander’s four-year career that he has
reached double digits in strikeouts three consecutive starts, and
he increased his season total to an NL-leading 138 – seven more
than Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay.
Kershaw struck out the side on 15 pitches in the fifth, but that
was after the Angels had staked Weaver to a 6-1 lead. The Dodgers’
ace was 6-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 11 starts since his previous loss on
April 26 at Florida.
”The guys came out and did a heck of a job tonight and got to
one of the best pitchers in the game,” Weaver said. ”Anytime you
get a six-run lead, it takes a lot of pressure off me.”
This was the third time Weaver and Kershaw have hooked up in
their young careers. Last Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw allowed
two runs on six hits and struck out 11 in a complete-game 3-2
victory, while Weaver gave up a run and seven hits over seven
innings with four strikeouts in a no-decision. On May 22, 2009, the
Angels won 3-1 with each pitcher allowing one run and getting a
”I think Kersh likes getting a matchup like Weaver – or
(Justin) Verlander if it’s Detroit, or (Tim) Lincecum if it’s San
Francisco, if it’s any one of those guys in Philly. I think he
likes that challenge,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
The Angels grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third after No. 9 hitter
Jeff Mathis led off with a double. He scored from third when rookie
shortstop Dee Gordon tried for the out at the plate on a fielder’s
choice grounder by Erick Aybar and threw the ball over Dioner
One out later, Wells drove a 2-0 pitch to left field for his
12th homer and seventh in 17 games. He also homered against Kershaw
the last time the Dodgers’ ace faced the Angels.
The Angels made it 6-0 in the fourth with Aybar’s two-out RBI
single and a two-run single by Bobby Abreu. Right fielder Torii
Hunter did not play because of a bruised left hand, which occurred
when he was hit by a pitch from Hiroki Kuroda in the second inning
of Saturday’s 5-0 loss.
Notes: The Angels are averaging 38,775 in attendance through
their first 40 home dates. The Dodgers are averaging 36,084 through
43 home dates. The Halos have never finished a season with a higher
home attendance total than their Southern California rivals. … A
ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Garret Anderson, who helped
the Angels win Game 7 of the 2002 World Series with a tiebreaking
three-run double against San Francisco. The 17-year veteran remains
the franchise’s career leader in games, hits, RBIs, runs scored,
total bases, extra-base hits, and at-bats. He spent his final big
league season with the Dodgers last year. … Mike Scioscia’s 131st
interleague victory as a manager tied Joe Torre’s record. Sunday’s
series finale ends the Angels’ slate against NL clubs.