Los Angeles Angels left-hander, C.J. Wilson, pitched his second career shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wilson threw 127 pitches, striking out five men and only giving up five hits. After the game he noted how good it felt to get in solid work and walk away with another win under his belt.
”I happened to throw a lot of pitches because I can manipulate my mechanics to take stress off here and there, try to change speeds and not throw every pitch as hard as I can. I was throwing the ball harder in the eighth and ninth than I was in the sixth and seventh. You reserve a little bit in the tank, and then you’re able to kind of let it loose.”
Wilson’s first shutout was back in 2011 when playing for the Rangers; also against Tampa Bay.
”I’d been campaigning for that for two years. I’d been knocking on the door and it finally opened.”
Ecstatic to have another shutout under his belt, Wilson acknowledged the extent that the defense helped him with the win.
”I made a couple of pitches with guys on base to get out of jams, and that was huge. But the defense really bailed me out more than anything. They made some really good plays behind me.”
Angles fans will share in Wilson’s pleasure as the team seems to be playing well with him on the mound and that bodes well for their chances in the American League playoff hunt. It’s only May, but the sooner the Angels can start firing on all cylinders, the better their chances of reaching the postseason will be.