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Angels Offense Rescues CJ Wilson BB Implosion

Three CJ Wilson Walks in 2nd Inning Score but Halo Bats Erupt for 19 Hits in 14-4 Romp...

Celebrate Good Times.
Celebrate Good Times.
Hannah Foslien

Final Score in Minnesota: Angels 14 Twins 4

C.J. Wilson was staked to an early one-run lead when he gutlessly walked three consecutive batters. They all came around to score and Mike Morin was warming up in the bullpen. It was a recipe for disaster after the Angels had used ten relief pitchers in the past two games. Well someone or something kicked the gutless Mazda Miyata in the rear. After a two-run Mike Trout had tied the game back up in the top of the third inning at 3-3, Wilson mowed down the twins as if he had been possessed by Sandy Koufax.

Meanwhile the Halo bats moved into high gear and by the time the dust had cleared the Angels had scored fourteen runs on nineteen hits and four walks. Wilson pitched into the seventh inning and with an eye towards tomorrow's rain-out make up in Cleveland, every Halo starter besides Collin Cowgill as replaced in the lineup, with reserves Shawn O'Malley and John Buck making their Angels debuts.

Howie Kendrick went 3 for 4 with a triple and a HR. At a double shy of the cycle it must be noted that he also walked once in the game. C.J. Cron was 2 for 3 with a double and a HR starting at 1B. Trout's HR might have saved the pressure on the Halo bullpen in giving Wilson the wake up he needed. Mike scored a total of three runs in the game. A resurgent Albert Pujols was 2 or 4 with double and two runs scored.

All of this on a day Josh Hamilton was a lineup scratch with a still achy shoulder. Let's hope Josh heals up in time to return to the team by November.

This Angels win was their 87th of the season, putting them a 2014-best 32-games over .500 after this sweep of the Twins. The four-game sweep was the fifth of the season for the Angels. Their magic number to win the AL West stood at 15 when the final out of this game was recorded.