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Jered Weaver Had A Special Night In Cleveland

Jered Weaver was really on his game tonight in Cleveland. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, then allowed a single by Shin-Soo Choo, but rebounded to retire the next 10 hitters. He dispatched 21 out of the 22 batters he faced in the game.

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It was only the fourth game in Angels' history in which a starter pitched seven or more innings allowing one baserunner or less:

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  • On July 7, 2006 in Oakland, John Lackey allowed a leadoff double to Mark Kotsay, and then proceeded to retire the next 27 in order for a one-hit shutout.
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  • On May 30, 1984, Mike Witt had the greatest final day of the season ever, tossing a perfect game against the Rangers in Texas.
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  • Last but not least, who can forget Chris Knapp, who on September 3, 1978 allowed a second-inning home run to Willie Horton, but nothing else in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays?
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The fewest number of baserunners allowed by Nolan Ryan, who had four no-hitters as an Angel, in a full start was two, both of which came in one-hitters, once in 1972 and once in 1974.

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Weaver's seven innings tonight give him 204 on the season, his second straight season with 200 innings pitched. He set his career high in innings pitched last season with 211.

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For more information on the game, please read Halos Heaven.