Weaver gets better of Jays again
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Angels starter Jered Weaver pitches against the Blue Jays in Anaheim, Calif. on April 10, 2011. (ALEX GALLARDO/Reuters)
ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Whatever Jered Weaver has, the Blue Jays have no answer.
Weaver, the ace of the Los Angeles Angels staff, continued his dominance of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon by stuffing the ball where the sun donít shine.
Thanks to Weaver, who logged a career high 15 strikeouts, the Angels emerged with a 3-1 victory to take the rubber match and hand the Jays their first series defeat of the young season.
With the victory, Weaver, 3-0, pushed his lifetime record against the Jays to 7-1 and itís a wonder how the Jays managed to beat him the one time.
Weaver was absolutely brilliant this day as didnít give up a hit until there were two out in the fifth. In his 7 2/3 innings he held the Jays to four hits, the one run and walked three.
While Weaver cruised it was a slightly more bumpy outing for the Jays Jo-Jo Reyes, who is hanging on to his grip in the starting rotation by his fingertips.
The telling blow for the Angels this day didnít so much come from their bats but from a pooched catch attempt by centre fielder Rajai Davis in the fourth.
With none out and a runner on first, the Angels Mark Trumbo lofted a lazy fly to Davisí left. Davis drifted over, put his glove up to shield his eyes from the brilliant sun, and had the ball clank in and out of his glove. The result left both runners safe and two outs later, both would score on Peter Bourjos double to right centre to push the Angels lead to 3-0.
One inning later, Davis was taken from the game due to a problem with his right ankle. It is the same ankle that he sprained in the opening game of the season.
Travis Snider loved from left to centre marking the first time in his big-league career that he has played in centre.
Reyes deserved a better fate as over seven innings he allowed the three runs, one earned, on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out six.
The Jays bats came to life in the sixth as Jose Molina opened with a double to right, moved to third on John McDonaldís single and scored on Yunel Escobarís line drive single to left.
But that was all the damage that Weaver allowed.
The Jays now move on to Seattle for a three-game series that opens Monday.