ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles Angels found their bats, and it all happened in one inning. With a seven run sixth inning, they found their way around the Philadelphia Phillies by a final score of 7-2
Jerome Williams took the mound for the Phillies, and went his own distance, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk over five and one/third inning. In his Phillies debut, he dropped his ERA against the AL West in his last six starts to a remarkable 2.99. He also kept the Angels to just three hits in the first five innings of work.
“Jerome has the capabilities to do what he did in those first four or five innings where he got the ball down for a lot of ground balls,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Opposite of Williams was, C.J. Wilson. Wilson had possibly his best start since coming off the Disabled List, going six and two/third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. This snapped a six-game streak of allowing four or more runs in a start.
“The best part of tonight was knowing the aggressiveness of the other hitters,” said Wilson. “I tried to use that to my advantage and keep the ball low.”
Wilson noted that he made some adjustments after watching a different Major Leaguer pitch this last week.
“I was watching Clayton Kershaw pitch the other night and he’s so good with his slider and he’s able to take it right below the zone and gets guy just check swinging or swinging at it. Just watching that, I’m thinking all his misses are down, he’s missing down on all the soft stuff. He’s not missing up in the zone. He’s going in on guys and they’re possibly hitting it but the reason why he is so good is because all his misses are below the zone, so I was like novel concept so stay below the zone if you miss, aim low and if you miss, miss lower so that’s a fine adjustment to make.”
The Angels bat woke up in the sixth, but it was all lead off with a long ball from Kole Calhoun. Mike Scioscia noted this after the game.
“Kole got us going with the home run and we got to their bullpen in that inning. You’re just grinding it out and stay close. I know these guys are going to put it together and they did it.”
Calhoun noted that this should be an end to the Angels offensive struggles.
“It’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for our offense. We haven’t been scoring a lot of runs lately so it’s nice to bust out an inning like that and give C.J. a nice little cushion and get him the W, hopefully get rolling from here.”
Calhoun also noted that his bat is just one of many that are threats in this order. His confidence in his team sparked after a sixth inning like tonight, and he felt the need to give praise to his teammates.
“This is a good offense, a talented offense up and down. To come up a little short like we have been lately, it’s going to turn around. It was a big inning for us and hopefully we keep it going.”
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
W – C.J. Wilson (9-8, 4.17)
L – Antonio Bastardo (4.56)