Well maybe "C.J." stands for Comeback Johnny as C.J. Wilson got an early lead in the ballotting for comeback player of the year by pitching eight innings of two-hit shutout ball. The result was a Mariners loss and the first Angels victory of the season.
David Freese was all the offense the club would need. He hit a home run with a man on board in the top of the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. M's starter James Paxton was otherwise cruising.
The Seattle offense was exposed as incapable of doing anything with pitches that surpassed 88 MPH and Wilson kept the gaggle of rejects, prospects and pecked-pecs that make up the Seattle offense off balance all night.
Huston Street had an almost effortless 1-2-3 ninth inning Save.
Albert Pujols was on board for Freese's home run and his lumbering towards 2B on a one-out gapper might have been enough to rattle Paxton. With an average offense the Seattle starter would have had a chance in the game as he had great stuff and kept Halo hitters in check for the most part. But Wilson dazzled, Freese connected and Street shut down traffic.