by Joshua Wattay | Wed, May 10th 1:52am EDT
Jered Weaver pitched three innings allowing six hits, seven runs, seven earned-runs, two home-runs, two walks, and earning four strikeouts during Tuesday's 11-0 defeat to the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers got started from the get-go in this one as Nomar Mazara doubled to right, scoring Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus in the top of the first inning. Ryan Rua chipped in two hits later with a three-run-homer to right center that scored Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor, giving the Rangers a 5-0 advantage almost instantly. Weaver managed to escape the second inning without surrendering a run, but the next inning would not be so forgiving. Joey Gallo blasted a two-run-homer to right center on a 69 mile-per-hour curveball, scoring Rougned Odor in the top of the third inning. With the situation catastrophic, Weaver was pulled after allowing seven earned-runs in three innings. To make matters worse the Padres offense could not get anything going against undefeated Rangers starter A.J. Griffin. Weaver appears to still be rattled after his, prior to this outing, worst start of the season in Colorado on May 3rd. In that start, the 34-year-old Veteran allowed ten hits, ten runs, five earned-runs, and two home-runs in just four innings-pitched. In fact Weaver has allowed a home-run in every one of his seven starts during his first season with the San Diego Padres. He now holds an 0-and-4 record with a 6.81 ERA on 35 2/3 innings-pitched. Weaver has also acquired 20 strikeouts and holds a 1.37 WHIP through seven contests this season. With his breaking balls not breaking anymore, Weaver needs to focus on confidence when he takes the mound if he is to improve upon the other fundamentals.