TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an environment whose sole purpose is to get players ready for the season, Angels ace right-hander Jered Weaver experienced a situation Monday he'd like to avoid as much as possible during the regular season.
But it was a situation worth going through in Arizona.
Facing eight hitters in the first inning of a game isn't what any starter would want, but Weaver worked his way through a rough first frame and got his work in against the Dodgers in his second Cactus League start.
He gave up three earned runs on four hits in the Angels' 9-1 loss, but worked on all his pitches with new catcher Chris Iannetta and came out of the outing feeling like he'd accomplished what he needed to out of his 45-pitch effort.
"I'm not real worried about the results, to tell you the truth," Weaver said. "I was a little quick in the first inning. Obviously, [Dee Gordon's leadoff] bunt got things going. I wasn't quite hitting my spots very early on but kind of felt better that second inning, mixed in some breaking stuff and that's not going to be on point right now."
Weaver noted that the Dodgers hit a lot of foul balls, which is an indication to him that they weren't squaring up on a lot of his pitches, Andre Ethier's first-inning double to left being an exception.
And he was pleased that he wasn't fatigued after an especially long first inning and was able to work the second quite nicely until he hit his pitch count and was replaced.
"Conditioning, everything felt good [in the first], and in that last inning as well," Weaver said. "I threw a nice 3-2 breaker to [Matt] Kemp to get him to roll over and everything was still sharp toward the end of that second inning. Conditioning, endurance and everything felt great."