For a minute it looked like Jered Weaver would be a hard-luck loser yet again. A 1-1 game entering the eight, Weaver allowed singles to three consecutive batters before Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. The momentum shifted and Weaver escaped unscathed.
Weaver struck out Brett Gardner and forced Derek Jeter to ground into a double play, setting the stage for a 4-1 victory Monday night. The fiery ace tossed eight innings- scattering six hits and one walk- and earned his second straight victory. He holds a 1.78 ERA over his last four starts.
“Jered had the best stuff we’ve seen all year, by far. Maintained it through the game, some big play to get through that eight innings,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said in a post-game interview that aired on Fox Sport West. “Weave gave us a chance. He went pitch-for-pitch with what those guys were throwing and those guys did very well on the mound.”
Despite leaving seven men on base and going 0-for-7 with RISP, the Angels drove three runners home in the eighth thanks in large part to the flailing Yankees bullpen. New York relievers entered the contest with a 2.78 strikeout-to-walk ratio-good enough for third in junior circuit- but combined to walk six without getting a punch out in the frame.
Collin Cowgill, Albert Pujols, and Raul Ibanez reaching on walks, and a patient Howie Kendrick took four of five pitches for balls. Pinch-hitter John McDonald followed with his first RBI as a Halo and Chris Iannetta capped the frame with a pass that scored Ibanez.
Joe Smith warmed up throughout the eight but Scioscia called on Ernesto Frieri to seal the deal. The right-hander pitched a scoreless ninth in his first save situation since blowing Weaver’s victory April 23.
The Angels move over .500 for the second time this season and pick up a game on division-leading Oakland.