PHOENIX — Angels starter Jered Weaver knew it would be a long afternoon when he walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches Saturday. And it went downhill from there with the team’s opening-day starter giving up eight runs on six hits –- including three home runs -– in two innings.
The Angels eventually rallied to take the lead in the ninth inning, only to give up four more runs in the bottom of the inning to settle for a wild 13-13 tie with the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The tie was the fourth of the spring for the Angels (4-12-4), and it lasted 3 hours 44 minutes.
“It was one of those days where you try to make adjustments and something still didn’t feel right,” said Weaver, who also committed a balk. “I didn’t have a feel for any of my pitches. Fastball command was terrible. Everything was up and flat.
“Everything feels good but you feel like you don’t really have much behind the ball.”
Weaver said he might be suffering from a spring nemesis, the dead-arm period, when a pitcher’s arm suddenly becomes fatigued.
“Everything feels healthy," said Weaver, who finished his day by throwing 20 pitches in the bullpen. "But you hear stories about guys who have no control or no feel for what’s going on out there. And that’s definitely what it was today."