Angels - 001 010 021 - 5 13 1 Red Sox - 100 020 60x - 9 11 0With Weaver (6-6-3-1-6, 118) out of the game, the Red Sox attacked the Angels pen, sending 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, knocking in six runs in a span of only seven pitches.
Boston led 3-2. With one out, Jason Varitek singled off Hisanori Takahashi and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled him to third. Mike Scioscia called on Francisco Rodriguez and after Dustin Pedroia walked to load the bases, the Boston bats erupted. Adrian Gonzalez doubled to deep center, clearing the bases. Kevin Youkilis hit a first pitch double off the Wall to score Evil Bert, and after a passed ball moved Yook to third, David Ortiz cranked a two-run dong to left. Boston led 9-2.
The critical at-bat of the game happened in the bottom of the fifth. The Angels led 2-1, but Boston had Carl Crawford at third and Ellsbury at first, with two outs. Pedroia was facing Weaver:
01 - Ball 1In the next half-inning, Torii Hunter led off with a double. And when Alberto Callaspo hit a hard grounder to first, Gonzalez scooped it up and, without hesitation, fired a seed to third base. Youkilis put the tag on Hunter for the out.
02 - Foul, strike 1
03 - Ball 2
04 - Foul, strike 2
05 - Foul (Ellsbury off with the pitch)
Activity in the Angels' bullpen
06 - Foul (Ellsbury off with the pitch)
LAA visit to the mound
Throw to first
07 - Ball 3 (Ellsbury steals second)
08 - Foul
09 - Foul
10 - Foul
11 - Foul
12 - Foul
13 - Line drive single into CF, Crawford and Ellsbury score, Boston leads 3-2
It was a remarkable (and risky) play, but coming on the heels of Pedroia's 13-pitch at-bat (and, for that matter, yesterday's dramatic win), Gonzalez's fluid glove work and pinpoint throw across the diamond also exuded an air of supreme confidence, maybe even cockiness. ... And then it wasn't long before Gonzalez hit the biggest blow in the highest run-scoring inning of the season.
One post-game note: Ellsbury bruised the inside of his knee when he banged into catcher Jeff Mathis when he scored in the seventh.
Jered Weaver / Clay Buchholz
Weaver has an ERA of 0.99 in six starts. In five of those six starts, he has allowed no runs or one run. Opponents are hitting .163/.216/.238 against him. Batters leading off an inning are 3-for-44, with two walks (.068/.128/.159).
Weaver and Dan Haren (who will face the Sox tomorrow night) are the first pair of teammates to finish April with four wins and an ERA under 1.25 since Atlanta's Phil Niekro and George Stone in 1969. Weaver was scratched from his start on Sunday, but if he had pitched and received credit for the win, he would have been the first pitcher since 1891 to have seven wins on or before the first day of May (Sadie McMahon went 9-0 in 1891 for the Baltimore Orioles (American Association)).
David Ortiz has great numbers against Weaver, but most of his damages was done in 2006-2008. Angels vs Buchholz here.
Each of Buchholz's five starts has been rough; he has allowed 34 hits and 16 walks (and six home runs) in only 27 innings (1.85 WHIP (only Bobby Jenks is worse) and a 5.33 ERA). However, Jason Varitek believes Buchholz is close to regaining his form. "He's just one click away from having that feel and different touches on the ball."
Boston swept four games from the Angels a little more than a week ago: 4-2, 4-3, 5-0, 7-0. Weaver did not pitch in that series.
AL East: Yankees/Tigers at 7 PM; Orioles/White Sox at 8 PM.