The brothers’ Weaver squared off on Saturday night with their parents Gail and Dave anxiously watching, as the two teams from Los Angeles met at Angel Stadium. The elder Weaver, Jeff, out pitch Jered as the Dodgers (45-24) beat the Angels (36-30), 6-4.
It was the 21st time a pair of brothers had started against one another on the mound, and Jeff was the 12th older brother to win such a meeting.
Both Jeff and Jered exited in the sixth inning, but each had a very different night.
Jeff, who hadn’t made a start since May 20, went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out four, and never went to a three-ball count.
Jered, who had won four straight starts, pitched five and one-third innings and surrendered six runs on 10 hits. He also struck out four, but uncharacteristically issued three free passes.
In front of what was a large contingent for the visiting Dodgers, The Angels jumped on Jeff early with a Chone Figgins single to start the game.
Jeff then attempted a pickoff throw to first, but the ball sailed wide and careened down the right field line, allowing Figgins to advance to third.
Abreu followed with a sharp single into right field, plating Figgins and putting the Angels on top, 1-0. Abreu now has 19 RBI in his last 19 games.
Kendry Morales kept the pressure on Jeff when he powered a breaking ball into the right-center field bleachers to leadoff the second inning, extending the Halo’s lead to 2-0. The home run also pushed Morales’ season long hitting streak to seven games.
Jeff answered by retiring 11 of the next 12 batters. The only hitter to reach, Vladimir Guerrero, was forced out at second on a Juan Rivera double play. Jeff left in the sixth inning after Figgins hit a leadoff triple.
Ronald Belisario entered, and struck out Abreu. He then hit Torii Hunter, but promptly fanned Guerrero and Juan Rivera to strand two runners and end the Angels threat.
The younger Weaver, Jered, followed the opposite path of his brother Jeff. Jered started off brilliantly and retired the first seven batters with ease, but then ran into trouble in the top of the third.
With one out, Russell Martin slammed a fastball over the left field wall. It was Martin’s first home run of the season, and it cut the Dodgers’ deficit to 2-1. Weaver was unable to get on track for the rest of the inning, walking two and allowing a Juan Pierre single to load the bases.
Jered finally recorded the second out when Orlando Hudson hit a sacrifice fly to left field, and Matt Kemp scored easily to even the count at 2-2.
In the top of the fifth, Casey Blake singled home Orlando Hudson to put the Dodgers on top, 3-2. The throw from Torii Hunter was not cut-off, and for some reason, Macier Itzuris vacated second base.
When the throw reached home, catcher Jeff Mathis had no one to throw to at second, and Blake was able to advance, with Loney moving to third in front of him.
The play would be costly, because with first base open, Mike Scioscia faced a decision. The left-handed Andre Ethier was up, but Scioscia elected to pitch to him anyway.
It proved to be the wrong choice, as Ethier blasted a line drive triple into the right center field gap, scoring both Blake and Loney.
The next batter, Mark Loretta, hit a lazy fly ball to center field to end the inning.
Jered was chased in the sixth inning when Martin and Kemp hit back-to-back singles, and Pierre advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Kevin Jepsen entered the game and threw his first of two wild pitches. Martin came around on the first, but Kemp was called out at the plate on the second wild pitch.
The Angels mounted somewhat of a rally in the bottom of the seventh, moving runners to first and second with two out against Belisario. Ramon Troncoso entered, and got Figgins to ground into a 6-3 fielder’s choice.
Jonathan Broxton entered in the ninth and walked Rivera to leadoff the inning. After getting two outs, Gary Matthews Jr. belted a pinch-hit, two-run home run off of Broxton to make the game 6-4.
It was the 18th home run in the last eight games for the Angels.
Broxton recovered, and got Eric Aybar to ground out to second base to end the game.
WP: Jeff Weaver (4-1)
LP: Jered Weaver (7-3)
Other notes from Saturday night:
Long Time Coming
Russell Martin’s third inning home run was his first in 63 games. The last time he went deep was Sept. 20, 2008 against Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants.
Martin also threw out bobby Abreu attempting to steal second base in the first inning; the 14th runner caught stealing by Martin (best in the Majors). Previous to Saturday, Abreu had stolen 15 out of 16 bases this season.
Belisario Flexes His Muscles
Ronald Belisario pitched one and two-third innings in relief. Despite hitting a batter, walking one, and giving up a single, Belisario had a solid out. Displaying a fastball ranging from 93-96 MPH, he struck out all five batters that made outs.
Giving Billingsley Some Help
Entering Saturday night (Jun. 20), a Dodgers starting pitcher (except for Chad Billingsley) were 0-6 in the month of June. Jeff Weaver
Tough Customer to Fan
Juan Rivera had just 19 strikeouts entering Saturday’s game, but he struck out twice. Still, Rivera has 10 home runs this season and just 21 K’s, which is a great ratio.
Vlad Finding His Groove
Vladimir Guerrero two hits extended his hitting streak to eight games. He has now hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, and nine of those have been multi-hit games. Last night he also went 2-4 and drove in a run.
In the Angels last series against San Francisco, Guerrero added to the streak by having a pinch-hit in all three games. Entering the series, he had just one career pinch-hit.