Weaver outpitched by Holland in Angels' 2-1 loss to Rangers
Sep. 06, 2015
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver pitched himself out of a two-game funk with six gritty innings, twice escaping bases-loaded jams and limiting the Texas Rangers to one run in six innings.
It wasn't enough to overcome Derek Holland's stellar outing, however, and Weaver ended up with a no-decision in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
Weaver, who came in 10-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 16 career starts at home against the Rangers, allowed four hits and got all three of his strikeouts in the second. He endured bases-loaded situations in the first and fourth.
"Weave worked out of some trouble a number of times. I think that's what makes him good — the way he competes," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Weaver issued his third intentional walk of the season in the fourth — it was his second in two starts after giving only one in 155 starts over the previous five seasons. The strategy paid off, as former batterymate Bobby Wilson popped out and Delino DeShields grounded out after a free pass to Will Venable with runners at second and third.
"He got in trouble a couple of times, but made the pitches he had to make to get out of those jams," Albert Pujols said. "That's a good ballclub on the other side. So for him to get out of two bases-loaded jams is pretty amazing."
Holland (3-1) allowed a run and three hits over eight innings, struck out five and walked two in his fifth start of the season — six days after throwing a three-hit shutout against Baltimore and striking out 11 on 116 pitches.
Holland was sidelined most of the season with a shoulder strain after getting injured in his season debut on April 10 against Houston.
"When you go up against a guy like Weaver, you've got to match him pitch for pitch," said Holland, who has thrown 229 pitches in his last two outings. "Weaver's one of the top pitchers in the game, so you've got to execute just as well as he does. He did a good job of mixing his pitches — and when he got into the big situation, he got out of it, too."
One-out singles by Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus against Joe Smith (4-5) put runners at the corners in the eighth, and Rougned Odor followed with a sacrifice fly. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save in 31 attempts.
C.J. Cron, who drove in all of the Angels' runs in Friday's series-opening 5-3 victory, drove in Mike Trout in the first inning with a dribbler to the right of the mound after Trout tripled off the wall in right-center.
Trout, the reigning AL MVP, has gone a career-worst 27 consecutive games without a home run since his solo shot against Baltimore's Kevin Gausman on Aug. 7 at the "Big A." He has a 33 this season, three shy of last year's career-best total.
Pujols started as the designated hitter for the fourth time in seven games because of lingering discomfort in his right foot, and it appears that the 15-year veteran and two-time Gold Glove first baseman will remain in the DH role the rest of the season. Two years ago, he sat out the final two months due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Rangers: The bullpen is hurting, with RHP Keone Kela on the shelf due to soreness in his elbow and RHP Ross Ohlendorf experiencing soreness in the back of his shoulder.
Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, who allowed one run over 14 1-3 innings in two victorious starts following a brief detour to Triple-A, will not make his next scheduled start on Monday night against the Dodgers because of a forearm strain. Nick Tropeano will replace him.
Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (14-7) will try for the third time to establish a new career high for wins in the series finale. He already has become the first Texas pitcher to go from 14-plus losses one season to 14-plus wins the next since Jose Guzman (1986-87).
Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (7-9) is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in four starts against the Rangers this season, and held them to three hits over seven innings in a 13-0 win on July 4 at Texas. But he is 0-5 with a 6.46 ERA in his last eight starts overall. Last Monday at Oakland, he gave up five runs over 2 2-3 innings in the shortest of his 26 starts this year.