I was trying to think of a way to describe the difference between C.J. Wilson‘s last start and this one as he came out to work the fifth inning. He had already racked up 91 pitches, and by the end of the inning he was at 102. As a contrast, he had 60 pitches after five innings five days ago. But you couldn’t call it “night and day.” He had only allowed two runs, but had not been nearly as efficient. We’ll call it “night and mid-afternoon.”
Then he came back out for the sixth inning. Then he was on the mound for the seventh inning. He finished the night allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking three. Not nearly as dominant as he was five days ago, but with the offense exploding in the fifth and sixth innings, he didn’t have to be.
Through four and a half innings, the A’s held a slim 2-1 lead. The Angels had gotten on the board first thanks to an RBI single by Albert Pujols in the third inning. But in the fourth inning, Yoenis Cespedes scored on a wild pitch and Derek Norris drove in the first of his two RBI’s to make it 2-1. Then, the offense had had enough of sputtering.
The scoring started out innocent enough when Mike Trout drove in Erick Aybar with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Josh Hamilton drove in J.B. Shuck to get the lead back and make it 3-2. Mark Trumbo then followed that up with two-RBI double to center, driving in both Pujols and Hamilton, giving the Angels a commanding 5-2 lead.
In the sixth, the Angels acted as though they had held a team meeting where they had outlawed the act of making an out. The first five hitters all reached base. Hank Conger scored on a wild pitch, Trout added another RBI to his personal box score as did Albert Pujols. Between the fifth and sixth innings, the Angels dropped seven runs on the Green Sox, pushing their lead to a suffocating 8-2.
A Derek Norris home run in the sixth made it 8-3, but the Halos were on cruise control by then. After seven quality innings, Wilson relinquished the mound to Dane De La Rosa in the eighth and new-comer J.C. Gutierrez in the ninth. The latter of which needed only 11 pitches to get through the ninth in his Angels debut, delivering win number 11 to C.J. Wilson, and win number 48 to the Angels as a team.
The fun doesn’t stop there though. The Angels get a rematch tomorrow with Bartolo Colon who shut the Angels out on Sunday. Countering Colon will be Jerome Williams. Game time is at 7:05 PM PST. Light up the halo, and burn some white shoes while you are at it.