Jeff officially won the battle of the Weavers’ over Jered, and it wasn’t even that close. Jeff went five innings, allowed six hits and two earned runs, and earned his fourth win of the season. Jered lasted five and 1/3, gave up 10 hits and three walks, and was charged with six runs and the loss as the Dodgers beat the Angels 6-4.
It was a balanced offensive effort for the Dodgers. Russell Martin appeared to break out of his June gloom with a 3-for-4 performance, including his first home run of the season. Matt Kemp had a simply sensational running, leaping catch of an Erick Aybar fly ball in the second, and reached base three times. Rafael Furcal drew three walks. Casey Blake and Andre Ethier had big RBI knocks.
Belisario entered the game in the sixth for Jeff Weaver and lasted 1 2/3 innings before he exited with two outs in the top of the seventh. Ramon Troncoso got the job done, getting Chone Figgins to ground into a fielder’s choice. Troncoso also worked the eighth before Dodger closer Jonathan Broxton entered in the ninth in a 6-2 game. Broxton hadn’t pitched since Tuesday and didn’t look all that sharp tonight, allowing a two-run homer to Gary Matthews Jr. before getting Aybar to ground out to end the game.
So the eighth different (and 21st total) brother-versus-brother matchup in MLB history ends with the older brother, Jeff, victorious. In history, the older brother has earned 11 wins to the little brother’s The Dodgers move to 45-24, eight games ahead of the Giants in the NL West. The Angels fall to 36-30, just a half-game back of Texas in the AL West.
Clayton Kershaw and John Lackey in tomorrow night’s Sunday Night Baseball battle.