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Jered Weaver is rocked in Angels' 11-2 loss to Blue Jays

Right-hander, who had had delivered 15 consecutive quality starts, gives up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings but is hardly dejected. Alberto Callaspo hits a home run and a double for the Angels.

August 13, 2011|By Bill Shaikin
  • Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver failed to make it through five innings on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.
Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver failed to make it through five innings… (Chris Young / Associated…)

Reporting from Toronto — Jered Weaver's work day had ended strangely early. As he walked out of the visiting clubhouse Saturday, he clutched a bottle of water and sang, to no one in particular.

"Mama said there'd be days like this," he crooned, "there'd be days like this, my mama said … "

Weaver might not have been happy with his worst outing of the season, but he was at peace with it, enough so that he could use the words "doo doo" to describe his stuff.

That is what the man said.

The Toronto Blue Jays rocked the Angels ace for eight runs before dismissing him in the fifth inning of an 11-2 victory. Adam Lind hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, with Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Teahen taking Weaver deep as well.

"Everything was flat," Weaver said. "When you have that kind of doo doo going against this lineup, they're going to hurt you," Weaver said. "They did."

There wasn't much for the Angels to say about this one. They hit for the cycle — Alberto Callaspo homered and doubled, Torii Hunter tripled, Howie Kendrick singled — but they got no other hits.

Weaver had delivered 15 consecutive quality starts, a club record, so 15 out of 16 was hardly cause for alarm, no matter how ugly that 16th start.

"It's going to happen," he said. "Nothing to hang my head about."

The obvious conclusion was that Weaver's rhythm had been disrupted by his six-game suspension, the one he received after throwing at Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila in response to what Weaver said were the disrespectful actions of the Tigers' Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen.

The Angels had a day off during the suspension, so Weaver started for the first time in eight days. However, neither he nor Manager Mike Scioscia attributed Weaver's struggles to the extended rest.

"He's pitched on six days [rest] before," Scioscia said. "I don't see much difference between six and seven.

"He said he felt good, so I don't see much in that."

Weaver had not given up more than four runs in any game this season. He tied a career high by giving up eight runs, including three home runs, in 4 2/3 innings. He had given up three homers in his previous 80 1/3 innings.

He also had pitched at least six innings and given up no more than seven hits in 25 consecutive starts, the longest such streak in the major leagues since 1919.

"I knew I was on a pretty good roll," he said. "I'm not one to look at stats."

He has been on such a good roll that he still leads the majors with a 2.13 earned-run average. He scoffed at the question of how this one horrific start might handicap him in the Cy Young Award derby against the Tigers' Justin Verlander and the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia.

"I'm not going to even answer that," Weaver said. "I don't care about that kind of stuff. I'm here to win games.

"I didn't win today. That's all I care about."

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