C.J. Wilson hasn’t done as well as the Los Angeles Angels hoped he would do when they signed him to a lucrative contract following the 2011 season, but he stepped up in a crucial game against the Oakland A’s.
The Angels improved to 46-49 with a crucial win over the A’s on Saturday night. Wilson shut down Oakland’s potent offense and one-upped an incredible outing from Jered Weaver, who twirled a 6.2-inning gem last night. Wilson twirled an 8.1-inning gem, and he only surrendered three hits.
Alberto Callapso homered in the seventh for the Angels, which won just 2-0. Josh Hamilton gave the Angels the early lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish, with a first-inning sacrifice fly, one that scored Mike Trout. Los Angeles’ offense was shut down for the most part by Dan Straily, but it did enough to secure the win.
Straily posted a quality start and pitched seven strong innings, but he was outdueled by his counterpart. While Wilson couldn’t finish off the complete game, he lowered his ERA to 3.15 and picked up his 10th win with his incredible performance. Ernesto Frieri secured his 24th save by striking out two of the three batters he faced.
To avoid a sweep and stay two games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West, the A’s will need to win tomorrow. The Angels are nine games back, but they could creep back into the division race. If they do sweep the A’s, it could propel them on a run that could culminate at them finishing the season on top of the division.