Weaver Comes Through Big TIme For Angels, Who Regain Lead Over A’s

This morning, I wrote about how the Angels needed a big game from Jered Weaver, and for him to re-establish himself as the team’s ace, following the season-ending injury to Garrett Richards. And, he did it. Weaver was magnificent for the first six innings, shutting out the A’s, as the Angels built a 9-0 lead. With the big lead, perhaps tiring, perhaps due to a lack of concentration, perhaps… well who really knows, Weaver gave up three runs in the seventh, leaving the game with two outs in the inning, but in line for his 14th win of the season.

Winning his 14th tied Weaver with A’s starter and loser, Scott Kazmir, who I discussed in detail earlier today. Needless to say, Kazmir did not have it tonight, as the Angels collected

10 hits and scored seven runs off of him, in only three innings work.

As for Mike Trout, though he did strike out with two on and two out to end an early threat when the game was still undecided, later on he hit his 29th homer of the season, and collected a single, to go two-for-five. But, the big hit of the game for the Angels was Josh Hamilton's third inning two-run home run that knocked the oomph out of Oakland.
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With the win, the Angels left Oakland losing two of three, but retaining a one-game lead in the American League West, and the best record in baseball.

I also happened to note the attendance at O.co Coliseum aka the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, which is the only remaining multi-purpose stadium where both major league baseball and football are played (that 1960s-1970s experiment met a well deserved and horrible end). The ESPN announcing crew briefly discussed the layout of the seating and how the top level seats are sold for football but not for baseball games. Thus, the stadium’s capacity is listed at a very low figure in the mid-30,000s. Anyone viewing the game on

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ESPN could not help but get the feeling that the stadium was far from packed, but the official attendance tonight of 36,067 was said to be 102.9% of capacity. While the A's have a very enthusiastic and involved fan base, their average attendance of 24,800 per game is 24th among the
30 major league teams, and they have drawn fans at 70.7% of capacity for the season. The Angels, conversely, are baseball’s fifth best draw, averaging 38,502 per game and 84.8% of capacity.

Wade LeBlanc makes his first start as an Angel tomorrow night as the team opens a three game series against Miami, but following that, they have four more at home with Oakland. Assuming LeBlanc is still in the rotation after tomorrow’s start, he will be one of the four starters facing Oakland in that series.

Let’s hope he fairs better than the Dodgers’ new number five guy did today.

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