The Los Angeles Angels offense left six men on base, managed just six hits and grounded into a pair of double plays on Wednesday night, failing to find the consistency that has eluded this team in an oft-aggravating season.
It took Mike Trout stealing second and then eventually scoring on a wild pitch in the seventh for the Halos to post their lone run of the contest.
If the lack of Halo magic at the plate frustrated the 35,401 in attendance to watch their Angels take on the Seattle Mariners, it sure didn’t seem to bother starter C.J. Wilson, who shrugged off the team’s lack of offensive support and took it on himself to win.
And win he did, as the lefty allowed just four base runners and struck out three Mariners on the evening.
What the Angels lacked in run support, they made up for with excellent play in the field. Wilson faced a jam in the seventh inning with runners at first and second and two out, appearing to have given up an extra-base hit until left fielder Mike Trout snagged Mike Zunino‘s line drive up against the warning track to end the inning.
With his commanding performance, Wilson demonstrated the mound presence that a no. 2 pitcher must have, maintaining his poise throughout the evening on a night when he worked late into many counts and posted a workmanlike 113 pitches.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, Josh Hamilton‘s batting average is now at a team-low .210 while he batted at the seventh spot for the first time this season, perhaps revealing that manager Mike Scioscia has finally resigned himself to Hamilton’s miserable lack of production and is reserving the top of the lineup for those hitters who might actually, you know, hit.
The Angels, 32-40 after the win, will take any victory that comes their way these days. Despite the ugliness of the proceedings, hopefully Wilson’s stellar performance will give him the confidence he needs to be a bulwark of the Angels rotation as he was in Texas in years past.
Hey, ugly wins are still wins, and the Angels will need a lot more of those if they are to even think about contending for a playoff spot.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.