Jered Weaver stared at Clint Fagan before he raised his glove to receive the ball back from his catcher.
Weaver had spotted a sinker exactly where desired, on the outermost corner of the plate to Milwaukee's Aaron Hill, and Fagan, Monday's home-plate umpire, called it a ball.
The choice was the turning point in the Angels' 8-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. Before it, Weaver could do no wrong, even while topping out at 84 mph with his fastball. After it, he did little right.
"I hit a speed bump," Weaver said, "and I couldn't slow down."
Two pitches after the bump, Weaver walked Hill and muttered to...