The 25-year-old Weaver was solid on an afternoon when the Angels' offense wasn't. In a game that
featured two monster homers by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the righty stood his ground and
walked off the field after firing bullets for five innings with his head held high.
Weaver fed off the 45,262 fans in attendance, firing 94 mph fastballs in the first inning, striking out
Kevin Youklis and Ramirez to finish a 1-2-3 frame. In the second, after allowing a walk and a
double to begin the inning, Weaver stared in at catcher Mike Napoli and stifled the rally like a
With Ramirez at third and Mike Lowell at second with no outs, he got J.D. Drew to hit a soft dribbler
back to the mound before striking out Jason Varitek on a slider and Coco Crisp on a curve. Weaver
looked to the sky and let out a sigh of relief as he walked off the mound with the game still scoreless.
Weaver took the mound in the third and produced a 12-pitch inning, getting two flyouts and a strikeout to keep his team right in the thick of things.
"When you play the Red Sox, you know you're going to have to battle against them, and the key is to
get ahead of them early," Weaver said. "I felt good, but obviously I made a lot of pitches. It's good lineup. What are you going to do?"
Weaver didn't make many mistakes, but in the playoffs against two of the premier
sluggers in the American League, all it takes is two, as Weaver learned the hard way in the fourth inning on Sunday.
First it was Ortiz, who took an 0-1 fastball that was low and inside over the wall in right-center
field. Then it was Ramirez, who blasted a 3-2 slider deep onto the green tarp in center field. The
homers marked the fourth time that Red Sox hitters have gone back-to-back in the postseason, and
the second time Ortiz and Ramirez have done it.
"I think some of the mistakes that Jered made, and there weren't many today, he made a couple of
them in that inning to Ortiz," said manager Mike Scioscia. "I thought Jered did a terrific job out
there, but the couple of mistakes he made, they didn't miss in that one inning."
Weaver, who compiled a 13-7 record with a 3.91 ERA in his first complete season in the Majors,
didn't fold his deck of cards. Instead, he got out of the fourth and shut down the Sox in the fifth
before being pulled in the sixth after allowing a leadoff walk to Ortiz.
"Like Scioscia said, there's nothing to hang our heads about," Weaver said. "It's a bummer we
couldn't win one for the home crowd, but this experience was awesome."