He’s a Dream Weaver: Jered Weaver Weekly Update #3
Jered Weaver made his third start of the season on Monday and he continues to pitch well, however he has nothing to show for it so far as he has yet to get his first victory pitching for his new team the San Diego Padres. Here’s how he did.
Jered Weaver was one of the best pitchers in Los Angeles Angels history and a fan favorite. So I am doing a weekly update on how Weaver is doing in San Diego. Here is update #3 chronicling Weaver’s third start of the season on Monday April 17th in Atlanta against the Braves.
April 17th, 2017
San Diego Padres Jered Weaver (0-1, ERA 4.91) at Atlanta Braves Jaime Garcia (0 – 0, 5.73 ERA).
The San Diego Padres played the last of a three-game series against the Braves. Weaver pitched a scoreless first inning with two strikeouts as the Padres took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. In the second inning Weaver gave up a lead-off infield single to Brandon Phillips and went to second on a Luis Sardinas throwing error. Phillips went to third on fly out then scored on a Kurt Suzuki ground out to tie the game at 1.
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In the bottom of the third inning and Weaver gave up a single to Ender Inciarte and then Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to right center to break the tie and give Atlanta a 3-1 lead. Weaver calmed down and got Nick Markakis to strike out to end the inning.with the Padres trailing 3-1.
After this Weaver seemed to settle down after that as he did not give up another run the rest of the way. Weaver allowed one hit per inning in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. and no runs. The most impressive thing for Weaver was for the second start in a row Weaver did not walk any batters.
Weaver left after the sixth inning trailing 3-1 throwing 64 pitches with 46 of them being strikes. The Padres were able to rally for a run in the 7th on a Allen Cordoba leadoff 7th inning an the Padres crept closer within one run at 3-2. The Padres kept the pressure on and scored two runs to take the lead on a two-run homer by catcher Austin Hedges.
This homer took Weaver off the hook for the loss, but unfortunately the Padres bullpen couldn’t hold the lead as Freddie Freeman hit his second homer of the game in the 8th inning to tie the game at 4. The Braves then won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a bases loaded single by Dansby Swanson that scored Chase d’Arnaud to give Atlanta a walk-off victory.
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For Weaver his final numbers were 6 innings pitched giving up seven hits and three runs, two of which were earned and he walked none and struck out three. So for the season Weaver has lowered his ERA to 4.24 but has not picked up a win as of yet. Weaver’s WHIP is also very good at 1.06.
Next: Jered Weaver's 2nd start
Weaver will make his next start on Saturday evening against the Marlins, which will be his home debut. Hopefully some home cooking will help Weaver pick up his first win as a Padre. Stay tuned to Halo Hangout for a recap of Weaver’s home debut.