Jered Weaver Returns to Form as the Angels Beat the Dodgers 4-3

By Mark Smith

May 29, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (36) throws a pitch during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM – Long Beach State alum and Angels ace Jered Weaver looked solid in his first start since returning from the disabled list. Every pitch appeared to be working as Weaver showed great command against the Dodgers Wednesday night in front of a home crowd of 39,172 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Halos struck first as Erick Aybar doubled (11) on a fly ball to center-fielder Matt Kemp. Chris Iannetta scored on the play to give the Angels a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

Weaver had a no-hitter working into the fifth inning before giving up a double off the right field wall off the bat of Andre Ethier. The Dodgers proceeded to stage a small rally scoring one-run on four hits in the top of the fifth inning.

Mark Trumbo hit his 12th home run on the season (a two-run shot) in the fifth inning scoring Albert Pujols and breaking up the 1-1 tie. Weaver (who’s pitch count was being heavily scrutinized) was pulled in the sixth inning after 86 pitches allowing one earned run on five hits

The Angels took their 3-1 lead into the sixth as Chris Iannetta hit his second double on the night with two outs against Chris Capuano. Like Weaver, Capuano was pulled after reaching 86 pitches after a two-out error by Schumaker that allowed Iannetta to advance to third base. The teams would head to the seventh inning after Aybar flied out to right-center.

Mark Trumbo picked up his third RBI on the night with a line drive to left that would score Mike Trout. The Angels led 4-1 and would take that slim margin into the ninth inning when Adrian Gonzalez would drive a solo home run (7) off of Angels’ closer Ernesto Freiri making it 4-2 Angels.

The game wouldn’t end without some tense moments for Angels fans. Freiri was able to get Andre Ethier to strike out and Juan Uribe to fly out. After giving up a solo home run to Scott Van Slyke, Freiri locked down the save after getting Skip Schumaker to fly out to left fielder J. B. Shuck.