July 28, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
On the night of the return of Vernon Wells to their starting lineup, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put on a "Back to the Future" display, performing like the team that started the season 6-14 back in April.
C.J. Wilson pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up two earned runs, but the Angels' bats failed to produce any support thanks to terrible situational hitting and not getting a crucial call on a play at the plate that would've gotten them on the board and back in the game.
Rays starter Matt Moore pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, and the Rays staff showed why it owns the American League's second-best earned run average.
In the fifth inning the Angels threatened, loading the bases with one out. But then Albert Pujols popped out and Bobby Wilson was thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch. Replays showed Moore waving and missing Wilson as he crossed the plate, then tagging him again after Wilson crossed the plate. Some days you get the calls, and this night the Angels didn't.
Early errors didn't help, with Maicer Izturis letting the ball roll through his legs on a stolen base attempt and then dropping an easy pop fly the next inning, leading to another Rays run.
And to add insult to injury, Angels fans had to endure the Goo Goo Dolls performing live after the game.
The loss puts the Angels in third place in the AL West, behind the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's. Can the Angels fire up their Flux Capacitor and bring their game back to the present?
Blame of the Game:
Bobby Wilson (30 votes)
Maicer Izturis (135 votes)
Vernon Wells (444 votes)
609 total votes