He’s a Dream Weaver: Jered Weaver update #4

Apr 27, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jered Weaver (27) is pulled from the game by San Diego Padres manager Andy Green (14) during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jered Weaver (27) is pulled from the game by San Diego Padres manager Andy Green (14) during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

After taking a week hiatus we are back with another addition of Dream Weaver.  A weekly chronicle of Jered Weaver‘s first season for his new team the San Diego Padres.  Weaver has made three starts since then.  Let’s see how he did in each.

Jered Weaver has pitched pretty well so far for the Padres in his first three starts for San Diego, Weaver has lasted six innings twice and five innings in his season opening appearance.  However, Weaver has not posted a win as his record stood at 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA. The way the schedule went Weaver did not make a home start for the Padres until April 22nd against the Miami Marlins.

April 22nd, 2017 Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres 7:05 P.M.

Dan Straily (1-1, 4.62 ERA) vs Jered Weaver (0-1 4.24 ERA)

Jered Weaver again trying to get his first win for San Diego started the game with a perfect first inning getting the Marlins in order.  However, in the second inning Weaver’s old nemesis reared it’s ugly head as he gave up a home run to Giancarlo Stanton his 6th of the season to give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead.

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Weaver bounced back with a scoreless third inning allowing only a Dee Gordon walk in the inning.  He then retired the side in order in the fourth inning and the Padres gave him some support in the bottom of the inning. After a one out double by Yangervis Solarte, catcher Austin Hedges came up and blasted a two-run homer to left-center to give the Padres a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth inning Weaver breezed through allowing only a Derek Dietrich single but left him stranded. In the top of the sixth Weaver allowed his 7th home run of the season a solo shot to Martin Prado that tied the game at 2.  For Weaver even though he has given up seven home runs to this point, five of them have been of the solo variety.

Weaver ended his night with two outs recorded by long-time teammate Erick Aybar making both plays and the LBSU alum had his third quality start in four opportunities.  Weaver’s final numbers were very good as he went six innings allowing only four hits and two runs along three strikeouts.

The Padres unfortunately lost in 11 innings as Stanton hit his seventh home run of the season, and second of the game to lead the Marlins to a 6-3 victory.

April 27th, 2017  San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91 ERA) vs. Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57 ERA)

Again Jered Weaver went to the mound in hopes of earning that elusive first win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Padres started well scoring a first inning run on a Yangervis RBI-single that plated Wil Myers.

Weaver followed it up with six straight outs to maintain the 1-0 advantage. In the bottom of the third Weaver allowed a lead-off homer to Chris Owings to tie the score, but then retired three of the next four batters to end the inning with the game knotted at 1.

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In the bottom of the fourth inning and the score still tied at one, the wheels fell off for Weaver.  He first allowed a lead-off walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Two batters later Yasmany Tomas blasted a two-run homer to center to give Arizona a 3-1 lead. The Diamondbacks weren’t done as Owings blasted his second homer of the game to left field and Arizona extended its lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the sixth with the Diamondbacks still leading 4-1 Weaver as touched for one more run on a Tomas double that scored Goldschmidt who had singled earlier. With two outs Weaver was lifted from the game in favor of Kirby Yates who finished out the 6th inning.

For Weaver it was not his best outing as he pitched 5.2 innings allowing six hits and five runs. He struck out only one batter and allowed three home runs bring his season total to 10.  Weaver ended the game with a 4.71 ERA.

May 3rd, 2017 Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres.  7:05 P.M.

Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 2.81 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (0-2, 4.71 ERA).

Weaver made his second home start for the Padres Wednesday still looking for his first victory of the season.  Unfortunately this one did not start well or end well for the 34-year old veteran. Weaver was touched for three hits by the first three batters he faced Charlie Blackmon, D.J. LeMahieu, and Nolan Arenado that gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead. One batter later Ian Desmond hit his first homer of the season to left and the Padres were in a early 4-0 hole.

The Padres did muster a run in the bottom of the first on a Solarte sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.  Weaver pitched well in the second and third innings, but all hell broke loose in the fourth. A Dustin Garneau lead-off double was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Sezatela but both runners reached as Garneau beat the throw to third.

Then Blackmon followed with a routine double play ball to first baseman Will Meyers, but it was booted allowing both Garneau and Senzatela to score to push the lead to 6-1.  The Rockies weren’t done as Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to score Blackmon for a 7-1 advantage.

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In  the fifth inning Desmond greeted Weaver with his second home of the game for an 8-1 lead. Gerrardo Parra reached on a Ryan Schimpf throwing error and then Alexi Amarista single putting runners at the corners and that ended Weaver’s outing.

Craig Stamman relieved Weaver and allowed both base runners to score officially ending Weaver’s involvement in the contest.  For his efforts Weaver pitched in four plus innings allowing 10 runs, five of them earned on 10 hits striking out two and he allowed two more long balls both to Ian Desmond.

Weaver’s ERA ballooned to 5.51 and he dropped to 0-3 on the season.  His two long balls he allowed brings his season total to 12 home runs allowed. His WHIP is still not too bad at 1.26, but Weaver needs to get it together soon if he hopes to stay in the rotation for the long haul.

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Weaver’s next scheduled start will be next Monday at Petco Park vs. Nick Martinez of the Texas Rangers.  Until next time have a good rest of the week.