Weaver shoots for first win against Mets
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jered Weaver aims to get off the schneid on Saturday when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue a three-game set with the New York Mets at Angel Stadium.
Weaver has lost his first two starts for the first time since 2007 and hasn't looked good doing it. The righty was hit hard on Sunday in Houston, as he allowed five runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to raise his ERA to 6.00.
He also gave up a career-high four home runs in that setback.
"I made a couple of mistakes and they did not miss them, obviously," said Weaver. "You know you are going to have games like that, but it is frustrating personally to start the year off like this. I have a bunch more to go, so I am just going to shake this one off and start thinking about who we've got next."
Weaver lost his only other start to the Mets, who will counter with lefty Jon Niese.
After a bout with shoulder inflammation this spring Niese made his season debut on Sunday against Cincinnati and pitched well. However, he suffered a hard-luck loss, as Niese allowed a pair of runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 2-1 setback.
"I feel good, felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty well, obviously didn't have any pain," Niese said.
Los Angeles evened its record at 5-5 with a win in the opener of this set.
With the bases loaded in the 11th inning, Hank Conger took a Jeurys Familia fastball off his right rib cage to force in Raul Ibanez and give the Angels a 5-4 victory.
Ibanez opened the deciding frame with a single to right and moved to second when Familia (0-2), in his third inning of relief, uncorked a wild pitch.
"Familia has been pitching well," said Mets catcher Travis D'Arnaud. "It was a fastball that he pulled across his body too much. He just tugged it."
Ibanez alertly advanced to third ahead of David Freese's slow-rolling groundout to short, and a pair of intentional walks set the stage for Conger.
"I was trying to look for something to hit, and it caught me in the ribs," said Conger. "I heard the crowd scream, and I just ran to first base. My first walk-off."
The Angels, who stranded 14 runners over the first 10 innings, received a solo homer from Mike Trout and a tying two-run blast from J.B. Shuck in the sixth.
Angels relievers retired the final 12 New York hitters, with Michael Kohn (1-0) tossing a perfect 11th to earn the win.
Josh Satin recorded a two-run double and d'Arnaud had a solo homer for the Mets, who were coming off a series win in Atlanta.
These clubs are meeting in Anaheim for the first time since 2008.
04/12 09:43:42 ET