Wil Myers Homers Twice Against Weaver, Angels Lose 3-1

By Saxon Baird

If there’s one thing that has plagued the Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver recently, it’s been the long-ball. In August, Weaver gave up 7 home runs in 6 games. Could he keep it in the park for game three of a four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays?

September 4, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) leaps after he throws to first to complete a double play as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Grant Green (10) is out at second in the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, Weaver was a victim of the long-ball once again. And it took only until the second-inning when rookie of the year candidate Wil Myers went deep for a solo shot. That makes it 9 home runs Weaver has given up in his last 7 games.

As Jered Weaver usually does, though, he shook off the mistake and pitched well allowing just one hit until the seventh where he gave up a double to Yunel Escobar. Weaver struck out Molina and then had to face Wil Myers again. It didn’t go well. Myers slammed his second home-run of the night against Weaver to left-field making it a 3-0 Rays game.

The Angels had chances all game but ultimately weren’t able to capitalize. The Angels put 6 men in scoring position tonight but good pitching from Jeremy Hellickson and a combination of Rays pitchers prevented the Angels hitters from doing any damage until the 7th when Chris Iannetta hit a long solo pinch-hit home run to centerfield making it a two run game.

A week ago the Angels rallied against Rays closer Fernando Rodney handing him a blown save and eventually coming back to win the game. Tonight this would not be the case. Rodney came in and struck out utilizing a nasty change-up along the way

The Angels face David Price tomorrow at 7pm in an attempt to split series in the final game. Jerome Williams will get the start for the Angels. Before the game, long-time Angels great Bobby Knopp will inducted into the hall of fame.