By Bob Keisser STAFF WRITER It was 31/2 hours after his day started and a few minutes after his season ended, but Jered Weaver was still in a competitive mood. When a radio reporter said the home runs hit by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez off Weaver on Sunday traveled 1,000 feet, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State pitcher said, “A thousand feet. You sure? You mapped it off?” And when he was told Ramirez has tattooed 322 different pitchers in his career, a note meant to reflect the Boston Red Sox slugger’s Bomb Club has many well-known members, it was no consolation. “Thanks for that,” Weaver said. It’s Weaver’s competitive spirit that fed optimism in the Angels and their fans that they could come back from a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit against the Red Sox, and his effort supported that belief. He struck out five in the first three innings, pitched superbly out of a pair of two-on jams in the second and fifth, and only exited in the sixth because he had thrown 95 pitches on a hot, blustery day and the Angels had no margin for error. The Angels had nothing, it turns out. Ortiz and Ramirez hit solo home runs in the fourth off Weaver, and he left on the wrong end of a 2-0 score in the sixth. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth, and the offense scratched out one consolation run in the ninth. When the Angels find the time and fortitude to assess their postseason work, Weaver will likely be considered the bright spot. The Angels hit .192 as a team, scored four runs, had six extra-base hits and had more strikeouts (20) than hits (19). The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 82/3 innings of work. “The game plan was don’t throw any fastballs inside and stay in rhythm,” Weaver said. “I left that one pitch (to Ortiz) inside. There are no excuses. I felt good and thought I battled. I made some good pitches, but they have a great lineup. What are you going to do? People hit home runs.” If you pitch long enough in the American League, you’re going to eventually watch Ortiz and Ramirez tear a seam on your best fastball and relocate the ball into a different zip code. Between them, the Red Sox sluggers have hit 787 career home runs, including the postseason, off some of the greatest pitchers in baseball. When Ramirez bounced a ball off the rocks in center field, he tied Bernie Williams for the most postseason home runs in a career. Some of the pitchers on his personal top-10 list are Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and C.C. Sabathia. There’s no shame joining that crowd, and home runs are a part of baseball. There are 10 Hall of Famers on the all-time top 20 list for home runs allowed, not including three pitchers who will or should be in Cooperstown: Johnson, Clemens and Bert Blyleven. “I don’t know if they feed off each other,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the Big Papi/Man-Ram entry. “They’re trying to hit every time up whether the guy in front of them has made an out or (hit a home run). But they’re as good a 1-2 punch as there is in baseball. “I thought Jered did a terrific job out there today. He didn’t make many mistakes, but the couple he did they didn’t miss. He didn’t get his fastball to Ortiz in the zone he wanted, and with Manny he left a 3-2 curveball up in the zone, and Manny didn’t miss it.” There are more and better Octobers ahead for Weaver. He has the makeup to be a No. 1 starter and he will get better as he gains experience. In two seasons, Weaver is 24-9 with a 3.33 ERA playing in the run-happy AL. He allowed four runs or less in 23 of his 29 starts this season and he was 6-2 in August and September. He’ll really do well if the Angels can avoid the Red Sox in the postseason. The Angels don’t see red when they face the Sox, they merely go blind. They’ve now lost nine consecutive playoff games to the Sox by a combined score of 69-27 dating back to the last three games of the 1986 AL Championship Series, also known as the prequel to “Saw” for its gore and blood. The House that Ruth Built holds no spell on the Angels, but the Green Monster has beaucoup voodoo. There are easy-to-tab reasons why the Angels lost this series – the injury that sidelined Gary Matthews, Garret Anderson’s pinkeye, Casey Kotchman’s mystery illness and a sense that they’re intimidated by the Red Sox. It’s also possible to say the Angels lost this playoff series for the same reasons their seasons ended prematurely the past two seasons: The lack of a second big bat in the lineup behind Vladimir Guerrero. They’ve scored 14 runs in their past eight playoff games. “It’s a team game,” Weaver said. “We missed a lot of key players, but we have a lot of depth. We didn’t make many bad pitches but those we did hurt. We didn’t get the key hits. And when you start a series in Boston, you put a little extra weight on your shoulders. “(Mike) said there was nothing for us to hang our heads about. We were the AL West champs and had the best home record in baseball. There were a lot of positives.” Then he said something about looking forward to spring training and next season. The season’s over, but he’s still competing. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!