3:35 PM ET, April 10, 2011
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Less than 24 hours after using all seven of his relievers for the second time in four games to grind out a 14-inning victory -- with starter Dan Haren as his last pitcher -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia needed Jered Weaver to pitch deep into the game in his first home start of the season.The ace right-hander more than obliged, striking out a career-high 15 over 7 2/3 innings Sunday in a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Weaver allowed a run and four hits while throwing 125 pitches.
Anatomy Of A Strikeout
Jered Weaver successfully mixed up his out pitches en route to a career-high 15 strikeouts, with six batters going down looking.
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Among the sellout crowd of 43,525 was Anaheim Ducks 50-goal scorer Corey Perry, taking a breather before they begin the NHL playoffs. ... Before the game, the Angels placed SS Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3, because of a strained oblique muscle on his left side. RHP Francisco Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. ... Weaver has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last 10 starts with a 1.90 ERA during that stretch.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 5-5 (as of Sun 4/10)|
|Fri 4/8||TOR 3, @LAA 2||Recap|
|Sat 4/9||@LAA 6, TOR 5||Recap|
|» Sun 4/10||@LAA 3, TOR 1||Box Score|
|Fri 8/12||LAA 5, @TOR 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/13||@TOR 11, LAA 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/14||@TOR 5, LAA 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/19||@TOR 3, LAA 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/20||LAA 10, @TOR 6||Recap|
|Wed 9/21||LAA 7, @TOR 2||Recap|
|Thu 9/22||@TOR 4, LAA 3||Recap|
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|1st||T Hunter singled to left, H Kendrick scored, B Abreu to second.||0||1|
|4th||P Bourjos tripled to deep right center, A Callaspo and M Trumbo scored.||0||3|
|6th||Y Escobar singled to left, J Molina scored, J McDonald to second.||1||3|
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|Stadium||Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA|
|Attendance||43,525 (95.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||62 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|
Jered Weaver: Leaves game with 15 K Most by an Angels pitcher since Chuck Finley had 15 against the Yankees on May 23, 1995. Weaver is the first Angels pitcher to finish with 15 K in a game in which he pitched fewer than 8 innings. The last pitcher with 15+ K in a game was Brandon Morrow (17) against the Rays last season. The last with 15 in fewer than 8 innings was Ricky Nolasco in 2009 (15 K)
Location of strikeouts: 12 of Weaver's career high 15 strikeouts were on pitches away. Nine of the 15 strikeouts were down and away. Weaver averaged 3.1 strikeouts per game on pitches away and 1.7 down and away respectively in 2010 starts. Pitches to get strikeouts: Weaver had six strikeouts with his fastball. In 2010, Weaver had eight starts where he recorded at least six strikeouts with his fastball. Weaver also struck out six with his slider. In 2010, Weaver's highest strikeout total with the slider was four (done three times). Type of strikeouts: Nine of the strikeouts were swinging with seven coming on pitches out of the zone. The six strikeouts looking all came on 0-2 or 1-2 counts. Swings and misses: Weaver recorded 25 swinging strikes (46 percent of total strikes), his highest total since 2007. 15 of the 25 swinging strikes were on pitches out of the zone.
Dan Haren came into the game in the top of the 14th inning Saturday against the Blue Jays. He is pitching in relief for the first time since the 2004 season when he appeared in nine games for the Cardinals. His last relief appearance of any kind came in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series when he pitched a scoreless inning against the Red Sox.
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