Jered Weaver had one moment of weakness in the game. In the seventh inning, he seemed to
labor and lose his command. He issued back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. The Padres were trailing 4-1 at the time, and this looked like their opportunity to break through and make this a game. But they didn’t. Everth Cabrera grounded out, Alexi Amarista had an RBI ground out, and Chris Denorfia popped out. No hits.
Bud Black summed up the seventh inning, and the Padres season, after the game. ”We just couldn’t really break through against Weave with his assortment of pitches. We couldn’t get the big knock,” he started. ”We got the back-to-back walks there in the middle of the game and couldn’t really get it going. We just couldn’t get the big hit to get it a little closer.”
THe Padres first run of the game came on a screaming line drive home run by Will Venable. It was Venable’s second home run of the year, and just the fourth Weaver has given up all season.
Jeff Suppan struggled against the Angels. He pitched five innings, allowed six hits, walked five, and gave up four runs. He took the loss and dropped to 2-2 on the season. Brad Brach allowed the final three runs in the ninth. He allowed an RBI single to Howie Kendrick and a two-run double to Erick Aybar.
The Padres were held to just three hits in the game by Weaver who went seven and picked up his sixth win of the year. Weaver struck out four and allowed just the two runs. He has a 2.80 ERA on the year.
Game two of the series is tonight as Dan Harren takes on the newly-acquires Eric Stults. The start time is 7:05 PT.