Papa Weaver hedges his bet
In what looked like a real mismatch before the game, the Dodgers' Jeff Weaver, signed as a free agent before the season started and making his first start in a month, out-pitched his little brother, Jered, who was the hottest pitcher on the Angels' and the Dodgers took the second game of the series 6-4.
The 26-year-old Jered and 32-year-old Jeff, as well as their parents who wore special jerseys during the game, were adamant that they didn't want to go through that sort of thing again.
“I’m mentally and physically exhausted. It’s one of the most ill-felt victories ever, but you take wins whenever you can get them. I’m glad it’s all said and done,” Jeff said.
“You always wish the best for him [Jered], but we just caught him on the right day and we came up with some huge hits with two outs. He’s going to have plenty more starts.
“No, I wouldn't want to do it again. Absolutely not. It was draining enough having to do it one time. It took five years to do it and it was a fun experience, but I’m glad it’s over with,” Jered said.
“He’s had the upper hand on me the past 26 years, so we’re going to laugh about it. It was fun to be a part of, and hopefully we never have to go through that again.”
The brothers’ parents, Gail and Dave Weaver, sat about 20 rows behind home plate decked out in half Angels/half Dodgers jerseys, one reading Dogels and the other Angers that were stitched together. "That was my wife's idea," Jeff said. "We thought it would be a nice treat for our parents to put on and have fun with." It helped that both brothers wear 36.
“It was very emotional,” Gail said. “It is not a comfortable feeling, you want them both to do well because they are doing the best that they can and we are just rooting for both of them,” she said.
Jeff (4-1) came away with the win, going five-plus innings and giving up two runs and six hits, including a home run. Jered (7-3) was roughed up for 10 hits and all six runs, allowing Russell Martin's his first home run of the season.
“I’m glad we had the one that won,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “The older one should have won.”
Bobby Abreu singled in Chone Figgins in the first inning after a pickoff throw had sailed down the right field line, and Kendry Morales’ homer over the left-field wall gave the Angels an early 2-0 lead after Matt Kemp made a circus catch in deep centerfield to end the inning.
The Dodgers tied it up in the third when Martin hit a solo homer and Orlando Hudson hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
Casey Blake's RBI single and Andre Ethier's two-run triple in the fifth inning gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead,
Jeff left the game after a leadoff triple in the sixth and Ronald Belisario struck out the side to leave the the runner on base and faced five Angels, striking out all of them. Ramon Troncoso retired four batters in a row.
Gary Matthews two-run home run off a rusty Jonathan Broxton, who mad missed four days with an infected toe, in the ninth completed the scoring.
Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said. "I don't care what the numbers say, I've never liked facing Jeff. He was throwing harder than a couple of years ago, and he had his sinker and slider working. He's so long, when he releases the ball, he's behind a right-handed hitter. That's not a comfortable at-bat."
The Dodgers out-hit the Angels 12-8, with Martin collecting three hits and Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp adding a pair each. Kemp also swiped his 18th base.
"Give them credit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They're in first place for a reason. If you're missing your spots, they're going to let you know."
The rare Dodgers win in Anaheim squares the series one game each and the two teams meet this afternoon with LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-5, 4.13 ERA) who shutout Oakland for 5.2 innings but needed 105 pitches. Kershaw is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in one career start against the Angels but has never pitched in Anaheim.
The Dodgers will face RHP John Lackey (2-2, 6.10 ERA) struck out 10 Giants and walking none in a strong seven-inning effort Monday. Lackey took a shutout into the sixth. Lackey has been lights-out against the Dodgers. He's 5-1 in eight starts with a 1.50 ERA in 54 innings against them.
Score by Innings
Los Angeles 002 031 000-6
Angels 110 000 002-4
Los Angeles ab r h bi ave
Pierre lf 4 0 2 0 .330
Furcal ss 2 0 0 0 .246
Hudson 2b 4 1 1 1 .315
Loney 1b 5 1 1 0 .279
Blake 3b 5 1 1 1 .297
Ethier rf 4 0 1 2 .265
Loretta dh 4 0 1 0 .244
Martin c 4 2 3 1 .249
Kemp cf 3 1 2 0 .315
Totals 35 6 12 5
Angeles 32 4 8 4
Error- Weaver (1). 3b- Ethier (1),
HR- Martin (1). RBI- Martin (21), Hudson
(37), Blake (43), Ethier 2 (43).
S- Pierre. SF- Hudson. LOB- Los Angeles
8, Angels 5. SB- Kemp (18). CS- Pierre
(5). DP- Blake and Loney; Hudson, Furcal
Los Angeles in h r-er bb os era
Weaver (4-1) 5.0 6 2-2 0 4 3.71
Belisario 1.2 1 0-0 1 5 2.14
Throncoso 1.1 0 0-0 1 1 2.23
Broxton 1.0 1 2-2 1 1 1.85
HBP- by Belisario,. T- 3:09. Att- 44,148.
Dodger Blue Notes-- Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that before the game Russell Martin walked past injured infielder Doug Mientkiewicz, who was practicing his swing, which included the leg lift he uses to keep his body weight back. "And that's when it hit me," Martin told Gurnick. "That's it. That's what I wasn't doing. This is it." The result was three hits including his first home run since 2008. "For me, it's just getting my body in a good position to hit," he said. "But knowing what's wrong is one thing. Doing it right is a different ballgame." ...The Dodgers made elaborate moves before the game, bringing up James McDonald in case Weaver was KO'ed early, holding back Erick Milton in case both Weaver and McDonald were used. Now, McDonald will return to Albuquereque and Milton will make a rehab start toay at Inland Empire before returning to the Dodgers' rotation as the fifth starter at the end of next week. ...And in the rehab department, Manny Ramirez will begin playing again Tuesday with Albuquerque. He is eligible to be reinstated on July 3, when the Dodgers are in San Diego. ...Weaver became the only Dodgers starting pitcher other than Chad Billingsley to win a game in June this year. ... The win was only the Dodgers' second in their past 10 games in Anaheim. ... Second baseman Orlando Hudson has an eight-game hitting streak.