He’s human after all. Jered Weaver has been nothing short of spectacular all season long. He had only lost one game coming into yesterday’s start. That one loss is no more. It’s not like Weaver pitched badly. Jason Vargas just pitched better. Weaver allowed three runs over seven innings, but Vargas only allowed one run in his eight innings of work as the Mariners took the game 4-1 and the series.
The game started out oddly. In the first inning, Weaver appeared to be squeezed a little bit on the corners by the home plate umpire. Pitching coach Mike Butcher became irate and was ejected. The Mariners started the scoring in the second when Jesus Montero hit his 11th homer of the year. The Angels came right back in the bottom half. Howard Kendrick walked. Erick Aybar‘s single moved him to third and Kendrick came home on Vernon Wells sac fly. The game stayed tied until the sixth when Montero homered again. Montero has three hits in five career at bats versus Weaver. All three hits are home runs. The Mariners tacked on another run in the ninth when after Ernesto Frieri walked John Jaso, ex-Angel Chone Figgins brought him home with a triple.
The Angels look to right the ship against another team that is struggling in the Cleveland Indians. The Indians, like the Angels, are not enjoying August with only three wins this month. C.J. Wilson will take on Justin Masterson at 7:05PT/10:05 ET from the Big A. Albert Pujols looks to break his 1-24 skid.