2010 American League All-Stars Jered Weaver and Trevor Cahill took the mound Saturday to face each other. Weaver came into the game tied for the Major League lead in strikeouts at 200. Cahill had two victories against the Angels this season.
This game aired live only on AM 830, KLAA as Fox pulled the national broadcast from their schedule. Jack Cust drove in Daric Barton from second base on a liner into right field to give Oakland a 1-0 lead early. Weaver's second strike out ended the first inning.
Another pair of Oakland hits drove in another run in the second inning with an RBI single by Pennington who was caught in a run down to end the inning.
An infield hit by Howie Kendrick and walk to Bobby Abreu gave the Angels a chance to return Oakland's early attack. Torii Hunter walked to bring up Hideki Matsui with the bases loaded. A long fly out ended the inning.
Jered Weaver walked two batters of his own in the third inning. Alberto Callaspo turned a 5-4-3 double play to reduce the threat. Weaver struck out Cust to end the inning, his fourth of the game.
Thirty innings without a support run behind Jered Weaver has left the All-Star waiting for a win for almost a month.
Pitching prevailed further into the game as Weaver garnered his first one two three inning in the fifth inning still behind Oakland 2-0.
Another long streak continued as Torii hunter had gone 21 games without a home run or run batted in. Trevor Cahill had his command going through six scoreless innings.
The Athletics continued to add on in the sixth inning as Mark Ellis smacked an RBI hit with two outs to lead 3-0.
Brad Ziegler, the submarine pitcher, replaced Cahill, and Breslow took his place the following inning and continued the shutout into the eigth frame. Jered Weaver also continued to be solid but once again received no help from the Angels bats.
Torii Hunter finally snapped his long drought by pounding a solo home run to bring the game closer at 3-1 Oakland. Reliever Scot Shields was able to keep the score tight headed into the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth Juan Rivera grounded out to lead off. Reggie Willits pinched for Jeff Mathis and struck out looking on a fast ball. Mike Napoli came in to pinch hit for Peter Borges who was 0 for 3 on the day. Napoli grounded out to end the game 3-1.