C.J. Wilson had his shortest outing of the 2012 season in Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers, when he was pulled in the top of the third inning by Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The left-hander wasn't happy about his early exit, according to MLB.com's Angels beat writer Alden Gonzales.
Wilson, on his early exit:
Well, I mean, we're trying to win the game, so I understand. You have to do what you have to do, I guess. But as a starter, you never want to get pulled early like that. I mean, how are you going to be happy about that?
Wilson (12-10, 3.82) struggled early, throwing 17 of his first 28 pitches for balls and loading the bases in the top of the first inning. He managed to emerge unscathed when he got Mike Napoli to ground out to end the first inning, things only got worse from there. He threw 66 pitches through 2⅔ innings of work and surrendered three runs on four hits and three walks. In his last two performances against the Rangers, he has given up 11 runs on 14 hits and six walks in eight innings. His ERA in five starts against the former team is 7.65
The Angels currently trail the Oakland Athletics by 3.5 games for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Thursday night's series finale with the Texas Rangers starts at 7:05 p.m. PT and will be televised on Fox Sports West.