With his parents watching from the stands at Angel Stadium, Jered Weaver did the near impossible. As his offense set him up with a generous nine-run lead, Weaver stood cool and collected on the mound. The hometown veteran put on a show for the crowd in Anaheim Wednesday night, no-hitting the Twins in an impressive 121-pitch performance.
Weaver lost the perfect game early after a passed ball allowed Chris Parmelee to advance to first on a strikeout. But Weaver was dominant through all nine innings, striking out nine and walking just one, Josh Willingham in the seventh frame.
While there was no question as to whether or not the Angels were going to pull out a victory, the electricity was sky high as Weaver entered the ninth to cap off his amazing night.
So fitting did it come down to former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter catching the final out of the game, as Weaver's teammates proceeded to swarm him on the mound.
This is the 11th no-hitter in MLB since April 2010 and it's clear that this will be yet another astounding year of pitching, with Philip Humber's perfect game in April setting the standard and tone for pitchers across the league.
While batters like Albert Pujols may be stumbling out of the gate, pitchers have gotten off to a resounding start, and Weaver's performance tonight adds to their impressive beginning of the season.
Weaver boasts a 1.61 ERA, and while this will undoubtedly be the high point of his season, he's establishing himself as a force in the Angels' rotation. The massive 6'7" man is having a career year at age 29, and Angels fans have to be ecstatic about how he's performing.
The big righty advances to 4-0 on the year and vaults himself into a very early Cy Young conversation. Either way, there is only one King of Los Angeles tonight, and his name is Jered Weaver.
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