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Weaver dominant in tying scoreless streak

Published May 23, 2006 12:37 am

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Bees 9,

Zephyrs 0

Jered Weaver wasn't aware that he was in the process of tying the modern Salt Lake franchise's scoreless inning streak. He was too busy throwing strikes.

“Really, I had no idea,” Weaver said moments after collecting a 9-0 victory over New Orleans at Franklin Covey Field, and the team's first complete-game shutout by a Salt Lake (26-17) starter this season.

“I knew I had something going on,” the tall right-hander said. “I didn't know it was that much.”

The final out Monday night tied Kevin Gregg's mark of 27 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings set in 2003.

“He threw a phenomenal game,” Salt Lake manager Brian Harper said. “He had everything going, throwing strikes and getting quick outs.”

How dominating was Weaver? Only two Zephyrs (23-21) reached second base, and one, Kenny Kelly was picked off rounding the bag too far.

Weaver (4-1), changing speeds on his fastball, threw 111 pitches and 82 strikes, didn't walk a batter and scattered five hits while striking out eight. More important, the game was 2 hours, 18 minutes long, which means something for today's special start time of 10:30 a.m.

“I couldn't keep the ball away from right-handed hitters,” Weaver said. “But I was able to locate the ball in. Other than that, I felt great.”

Meanwhile, Weaver received plenty of offensive and defensive support. The Bees pounded out 12 hits, including 10 singles. Curtis Pride's 420-foot two-run home run in the fifth inning was the capper.

Pride, who had three hits, also contributed with a running catch on the warning track in left. Salt Lake also turned a pair of double-plays and second baseman Howie Kendrick robbed New Orleans' Tyrell Godwin of a hit in the second inning.

The Los Angeles Angels recalled the PCL Player of the Week Kendry Morales, while demoting pitcher Jason Bulger.

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