After three consecutive losses the Los Angeles Angels (54-66) defeated the New York Yankees (62-58) in convincing fashion – largely due to the efforts of Chris Nelson and their number two starter, C.J. Wilson.
Chris Nelson’s coming out party couldn’t have come at a better time for the Angels. The newly acquired third baseman launched a solo home run off Phil Hughes in the fourth giving the Angels a slim 3-1 margin. He then decided to go beast mode against his former employer in the eighth inning, hitting his first ever career Grand Slam against New York’s Boone Logan.
C.J. Wilson is proving to be a workhorse for the Angels, leading the majors in pitch count with 110.4 pitches per start according to MLB.com. Wilson continued that trend throwing a season-high 124 pitches in 6 2/3 innings. The crafty lefty limited the Yankees to one run, improving his record to 9-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his last 12 starts.
After dropping three out of four games against the Bronx Bombers, the Angels travel home to Anaheim to take on the Houston Astros for a three game set beginning Friday. Mike Scioscia’s club is currently fourth in the AL West and 15.5 games back behind the division-leading Texas Rangers.