ANAHEIM – Jered Weaver (5-5) is starting to look every bit the staff ace he was in prior seasons. Apparently, the Twins bring out the best in Weaver – the Angels lanky starter no-hit Ron Gardenhire‘s club the last time he faced them in Anaheim.
This time around wasn’t much different as Weaver struck out nine batters and walked only one in a masterful eight innings of scoreless baseball.
With the score 1-0, you try to focus a little more on executing pitches because you know that one bad pitch can hurt you — especially in a day game with the wind blowing out.
The Halos were fortunate that Weaver had his “A” game as the Twins starter Mike Pelfrey successfully limited the Angels to one run on five hits in six innings of work. Pelfrey told MLB.com:
My fastball was really good and the velocity was there and the movement was there,” Pelfrey said. “I was locating on both sides of the plate. If you go in to righties, then it opens it up to go away.
Albert Pujols knocked in the lone run of the game after J.B. Shuck reached base on a single. Ernesto Frieri picked up his 25th save on the season after giving up five runs against the Twins in extra innings last night. You have to commend Ernasty for striking out Chris Herrmann and closing out the Twins – the same Chris Herrmann who went deep against Frieri last night hitting a grand slam in the 10th inning in the 10-3 loss.
The Angels desperately needed a win having dropped the last two games at home against Minnesota. The club heads to Oakland on Thursday for a pivotal divisional showdown with the AL West leading Athletics.