Angels blank overmatched Twins 9-0
By JOE RESNICK, For The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jered Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, completely overmatching Minnesota and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.
Weaver struck out nine and walked one. The Twins never came close to getting a hit against the All-Star right-hander.
"It was an easy ride," Weaver said.
Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game at Seattle on April 21.
Weaver (4-0), a California native who played at Long Beach State, began the ninth inning by quickly retiring Jamey Carroll on a routine fly and striking out Denard Span looking.
Weaver then got Alexi Casilla to lift a long fly that right fielder Torii Hunter easily caught at the warning track. The Angels' ace watched his Gold Glove outfielder make the play, and put his hands on his head as the Angels rushed out to mob him.
"Spiderman out there. I knew he had a bead on it," Weaver said of Hunter. "Casilla put a charge in it and Spiderman tracked it down."
An inning earlier, Weaver and his teammates could only hope when Trevor Plouffe lined a shot that hooked foul a few feet before reaching the left-field foul pole.
After that, Weaver finished off the Twins in fast order.
His gem complete, Weaver hugged his wife, his dad and his mom, who was crying on the field.
"I was locked in for the most part," he said. "My mom, dad, wife, this was awesome."
Weaver will soon get a chance to do it again against the Twins -- his next start is scheduled for Mondid it.
The Angels built a 6-0 lead against Australian-born Liam Hendriks (0-2).
NOTES: Kendrick hit his fourth homer of the season and drove in three runs.