There must be a height limit on home-run hitters at Angel Stadium. Maicer Izturis, didn't hit another home run Sunday, but Chone Figgins...
ANAHEIM, Calif. — There must be a height limit on home-run hitters at Angel Stadium.
Maicer Izturis, didn’t hit another home run Sunday, but Chone Figgins did, joining the mighty-mite parade that Izturis led with three homers in the first five games of the homestand — a grown-up version of Sunday’s “Kids Run the Bases” promotion.
Figgins, who like Izturis is 5 feet 8, wasn’t the only one who went deep for Los Angeles in the series finale against the Minnesota Twins. So did catcher Jeff Mathis — and Angels starter Jered Weaver. Weaver allowed five hits in 7-1/3 innings as the Angels completed a three-game sweep with a 6-2 victory.
It was only the second time in 39 big-league starts that Weaver has pitched into the eighth inning and fell one out short of his career-long start. He allowed only five hits, walked none and cruised through the first five innings. He retired 14 of the first 17 Twins batters, allowing one runner past first base.
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“I was able to command all my pitches,” said Weaver who won for just the second time in eight starts despite a 3.91 earned-run average in that stretch. “My last couple starts, I’ve been really trying to concentrate on finishing guys off in the first three pitches. I’m not going to be able to strike everyone out. It’s not college anymore. I’d kind of gotten away from my focus for a few starts there.”
But he did admit to being a little distracted as well.
Weaver (8-5) said he was “peeking at the scoreboard every now and then” to keep an eye on the Mariners’ score — not so much because of the Angels-Mariners race in the AL West (the Angels lead by 3 ½ games) but because older brother Jeff was pitching for Seattle. And Jered couldn’t help noticing that the zero next to the Chicago White Sox wasn’t changing.
Jeff Weaver finished with a five-hit shutout.
“We’ve matched up a few times where we pitched on the same day but I think this was the first time we both got wins,” Jered Weaver said. “It was a good day for the Weavers.”
It was a good week for the Angels. They won five of six on the homestand and are 9-1 in their past 10 at Angel Stadium. Their home record is a major league-best 40-17.
“I guess it’s that old saying — home-field advantage,” Figgins said. “Every team plays better at home. You eat better. You get to sleep in your own bed. You have the home crowd.”
Home cooking can even turn tiny table-setters into sluggers. Izturis had key home runs in wins over the Red Sox and Twins. Figgins muscled up for a two-run shot Sunday.