Los­ing steam


Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Mike DiGiovanna mike.digiovanna@latimes.com Twit­ter:@MikeDi­Gio­vanna

Weaver doesn’t give up a home run, but the An­gels can’t build on big rally from the day be­fore.

OAK­LAND — Jered Weaver achieved one of his stated goals on Satur­day, keep­ing the ball in the park against the Oak­land Ath­let­ics. This was no small achieve­ment, con­sid­er­ing the An­gels right-han­der has been tagged for 16 home runs this sea­son, tied with Min­nesota’s Phil Hughes for most in the Amer­i­can League.

That was of no so­lace to Weaver. The A ’s found plenty of open grass in the out­field, rip­ping three run-scor­ing dou­bles off Weaver and another off re­liever Cam Be­drosian in a 4-1 vic­tory at Oak­land Coli­seum.

“It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter how you score runs,” Weaver said af­ter los­ing his fourth con­sec­u­tive start. “We lost.”

Weaver al­lowed four runs and six hits in 52⁄ in­nings, strik­ing out four and walk­ing one to fall to 4-8 with a 4.75 earned-run av­er­age on the sea­son.

He kept the An­gels in the game for five in­nings be­fore his pitches flat­tened out and his com­mand wa­vered in the sixth, when Oak­land snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs.

It wasn’t Weaver’s worst start this sea­son. He opened 2015 with an 0-4 record and 6.29 ERA. It wasn’t his best. Weaver went 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five games from May 8 to30.

It was more a step side­ways than for­ward. In his last four starts, Weaver is 0-4 with a 6.58 ERA.

“He bat­tled out there, but there’s no doub the wasn’t as crisp to­day as he has been be­fore,” Man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. “Try­ing to get a fast­ball into some de­cent zones to set up his other stuff has been a chore for him the last cou­ple times, and it was this af­ter­noon.

“That be­ing said, he’s maybe a pitch away from get­ting out of a jam and giv­ing us a chance to win, and that’s wha the does aswell as any­body who’s out there pitch­ing to­day.”

The An­gels hoped Fri­day night’s dra­matic 12-7 win over the A’s, in which they scored eight sev­enth-in­ning runs— half com­ing on an Al­bert Pu­jols grand slam— to over­come a 7-2 deficit, would give them some mo­men­tum, per­haps jump-start another win­ning streak.

They man­aged five hits Satur­day and only four in72⁄ in­nings against A’s righthander Jesse Hahn. They went one for four with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion af­ter go­ing seven for 16 in those sit­u­a­tions Fri­day night.

“Just when you think you’re go­ing to kick out of it, the next day it’s hit or miss again,” Weaver said. “It’s ob­vi­ously frus­trat­ing. We have a tal­ented group of guys in here. It’s just not go­ing the way we want. But we’re keep­ing our heads afloat and win­ning games whenwe need to. Hope­fully, it con­tin­ues to get bet­ter.”

The An­gels have had two five-game win streaks this sea­son, so they know they’re ca­pa­ble of string­ing wins to­gether. But they also have one five-game los­ing streak and a four-game los­ing streak, and they haven’t been able to push their record, which now stands at 35-34, more than four games over .500.

“We don’t want to be at .500; we want to be a lit­tle bet­ter than that,” cen­ter fielder Mike Trout said. “From a team stand­point, we have to put to­gether wins. Ifwe just win se­ries, that will put us in po­si­tion at the end of the year.”

The An­gels have won se­ries, though. They have a 107-5 se­ries record and can win another if they beat the A’s on Sun­day. But three of their se­ries losses have been three-game sweeps at the hands of the Kansas City Roy­als, San Fran­cisco Giants and the New York Yan­kees.

“We haven’t been able to do some things as con­sis­tently as we did last year,” Scios­cia said. “I think we’re see­ing an of­fense start­ing to emerge, and that’s go­ing to help us.

“I think our bullpen is fur­ther along than it was last year, but we haven’t been able to take ad­van­tage of it much be­cause we haven’t scored enough runs to get as many leads as you’d want to hold. We just need to keep get­ting bet­ter, keep mov­ing for­ward, and in some ar­eas we have.”

ThearonW. Hen­der­son Getty Im­ages

MAR­CUS SEMIEN of Oak­land dives into sec­ond base, avoid­ing a tag by An­gels’ Johnny Gi­avotella in the first in­ning. The An­gels lost, 4-1, un­able to re­peat a dra­matic 12-7 vic­tory on Fri­day night.

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