Weavers etch spot in playoff lore
Brothers are second duo to win in same postseason
ANAHEIM -- It was a bittersweet occasion for the Weaver family on June 20 when Jeff Weaver, starting for the Dodgers, handed kid brother Jered and his Angels a defeat at Angel Stadium.
There is nothing bitter about the sweetness of the latest activity by the Weaver brothers.In the second postseason start of his career, Jered Weaver on Friday turned away the Red Sox, 4-1, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium. Putting Boston one loss away from elimination, this effort followed a victory by Jeff Weaver in relief for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The Weavers join Livan and Orlando Hernandez as the only brother acts to claim wins in the same postseason. Livan did it for the Giants and Orlando for the Yankees in 2000. "That's awesome," Jered Weaver said. "What's really great about it is that my parents were at both games. They were at Jeff's game in L.A., and they were both here tonight. "It's just nice to have two brothers in the postseason. To have him go in the situation he did with the bases loaded and get a big out, and another scoreless inning, and for me to see that and throw the ball well tonight and get a win ... it's really pretty amazing." Heading toward the dugout to a thunderous ovation after going 7 1/3 innings and yielding just two hits and one run, Jered lifted his cap to the crowd and waved his glove in the direction of his parents, seated behind home plate. "This was a special occasion," Jered said, grinning. "I don't ordinarily do that. I just wanted them to know how happy I was for the whole family." In three postseason appearances, Jered has yielded three earned runs across 14 1/3 innings for a 1.88 ERA. "Weav had it all going tonight," catcher Mike Napoli said. "That's as good as I've seen him. He had his fastball working in and out, his changeup, curve and slider -- he could do basically whatever he wanted to do." Both Boston hits came in the fourth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury's triple followed by a one-out single by Victor Martinez.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was impressed with the way Weaver reacted after the Boston run."I thought Weav did a really good job of staying focused, settling down," Scioscia said. "They didn't bunch too many hits together. That's a terrific offensive club. Fortunately for us, Weav matched [Josh] Beckett pitch for pitch and we were able to break through." The Angels won it with a three-run seventh inning, manufacturing offense with speed (two steals), discipline (Vladimir Guerrero's leadoff walk), and clutch hits (Maicer Izturis' go-ahead single and Erick Aybar's two-run triple). Weaver didn't mind at all turning it over to the bullpen after striking out J.D. Drew looking with his 111th pitch. "He did a really good job of commanding both sides of the plate and locating his fastball," Boston left fielder Jason Bay said. "He didn't let you get comfortable on just one side of the plate." Boston, hitting .131 with eight hits and one run in 18 innings, will try to turn it around in Game 3 on Sunday against Scott Kazmir, who faces Clay Buchholz. "We need to keep it going now," said Weaver, who dedicated his win to the late Nick Adenhart, etching NA on the back of the mound in his customary fashion. "He'd probably have been up on the top step of the dugout and slapped me on the butt and told me, 'Nice job.' "He's got a great view. Hopefully, we can take it to Boston and win the first one for him."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.