Weaver stymies A's with three-hit shutout

June 19th, 2016

OAKLAND -- Angels right-hander Jered Weaver twirled a gem on Sunday afternoon, earning his eighth career shutout after dominating the A's for nine innings in a 2-0 victory at the Coliseum for the series win.

Weaver held the A's to three hits -- all singles -- in the complete game, the 14th of his 11-year career and first since May 8, 2015, against Houston. The veteran was efficient throughout, recording one strikeout and one walk in totaling only 95 pitches.

"It was nice. It's been a little while since I've done it," Weaver said. "Not only that, but to have it happen on Father's Day, being in the business, we miss out on a lot of stuff. To throw the first pitch on Father's Day and be able to pitch a complete game and do the interview and look into the camera and say, 'Happy Father's Day,' was pretty cool."

The Angels' offense gave him all he needed in the first inning, with Yunel Escobar scoring on a forceout at second. Carlos Perez added to the lead in the fifth with his third home run of the season, a solo shot against A's starter Eric Surkamp.

The left-handed Surkamp matched a career high with six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in the loss, as the slumping A's moved to 4-12 in June.

"That's the best he's pitched for us, and we needed it, to get deeper in the game and stay away from some guys who have been taxed," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Surkamp. "He gave us what we needed today."


Weaving a gem: Weaver entered with a 5.71 ERA and had allowed 18 home runs, the second-highest total in the Majors. But the veteran righty has always stymied the A's, posting a 2.73 ERA in 33 career starts against Oakland prior to Sunday, and did so again. Weaver didn't record his lone strikeout until the eighth inning and successfully pitched to contact throughout. Angels starters have allowed two runs or fewer in their last four starts.

"I was able to locate pretty good," Weaver said. "I just wanted to go out there and pitch to contact. They put the bat on the ball, but luckily they were at people." More >

Surkamp does his part: After providing fewer than five innings in each of his last four starts and six of seven overall, Surkamp gave the A's six on Sunday, lessening the workload of a bullpen that covered the entirety of Saturday's game. Yet Surkamp, given zero run support, remained winless on the season, falling to 0-5.

"I just tried to just go out there and not think about anything and try to throw every pitch with conviction. And that was kind of the theme [pitching coach] Curt Young preached all week," Surkamp said. "I thought my fastball was a lot better today. I think last time I was working on so many different things, and up here you can't be working on stuff."


Trout hoses Butler: There wasn't much offense on Sunday, but A's designated hitter Billy Butler thought he had a double in the sixth inning on a liner to the gap in right-center. Mike Trout grabbed the ball at the warning track, spun and threw out Butler at second on one hop, quickly extinguishing any potential threat. Butler was credited with a single, Oakland's only hit between the third and seventh innings.

"He cut the ball off and came up and threw a strike," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Andrelton [Simmons] made a nick pick on a tough hop."

A's offense silenced: The A's did little at the plate, reaching base only four times against a crafty Weaver. They've been held to one or no runs six times in the last 11 games, and their 269 runs this season are the second fewest in the American League.

"Today was frustrating," catcher Stephen Vogt said. "[Weaver] was very, very good, but we didn't make him work. He's the kind of guy that feeds off aggression, and a guy like him, every pitch looks like you can hammer it, and that's just not the case. He stays out of the middle of the plate, so we expanded a lot and got ourselves out real quick on a lot of one- and two-pitch at-bats, myself included, and you can't do that against a guy like that."

"Certainly some credit to the way he pitched," Melvin added, "but I thought our at-bats were consistently disappointing."


Angels: The Angels travel to Houston for a three-game series with the Astros beginning Monday at 5:10 p.m. PT. Jhoulys Chacin, who is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA in seven starts with Los Angeles, opposes Houston's Doug Fister in the opener.

A's: The A's will enjoy their final off-day before the All-Star break on Monday, before playing the first of 20 consecutive games on Tuesday, the opener of a two-game series against the Brewers at the Coliseum. Right-hander Sonny Gray takes the mound in the Interleague matchup, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.

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