As Jered Weaver sat in the Angels dugout watching the New York Mets take a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, a look of disgust came across his face. The runners were his responsibility, and were it not for Raul Ibanez game-tying three-run homer in the ninth, Weaver would have a third consecutive loss.
It was that kind of night for the Angels’ ace. He allowed only three hits and walked four as the Halos lost a 13 inning thriller to the Mets, 7-6. Weaver coasted through the first six inning before hitting turbulence in the seventh.
Curtis Granderson reached on a one-out walk and Lucas Duda followed with a single. A Juan Lagares base hit to left brought Granderson home and gave Mike Scioscia reason to call on Fernando Salas. After the game, Weaver would say this about the skipper’s decision.
Jered Weaver on his hook: “I was pretty confident I was going to get the next hitter out. Scioscia didn’t have that same confidence.”
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 13, 2014
Anthony Recker lined a ball to dead center and out of the reach of a diving Mike Trout. A frustrated Weaver immediately jumped off the bench and into the Angels’ locker room. New York would add two more runs in the ninth, giving them a 6-3 lead heading into the last frame.
Showing a resilience unseen in 2014, the Angels fought back. David Freese singled with two outs and Erick Aybar walked, setting the table for Ibanez. The struggling designated hitter launched a Jose Valverde fastball into the right field pavilion and ensured a second straight extra inning night. Ibanez’s homer makes him the 88th player in major league history with 2,000 hits.
Exhaustion was apparent on both sides heading into the tenth. Angels right Matt Shoemaker, who hadn’t pitched since April 6 in Houston, loaded the bases in the twelfth but escaped unscathed after striking Lagares out. That effort would prove fruitless as Recker lead off the thirteenth inning off with a bomb to the left field bullpens.
Shoemaker received his first loss of the season while Mets reliever John Lannan notched the victory.