Angels manager Mike Scioscia and pitcher C.J. Wilson had differing views of the same performance.
Scioscia went so far as to call what Wilson did a ”masterpiece” after the left-hander gave up two hits over eight innings in Los Angeles’ 2-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Wilson was quick to counter.
”I disagree. For me, that’s not a masterpiece,” Wilson said. ”It was good enough. I’ll take it.”
Consider it the high standard Wilson has set for himself that retiring the last 17 batters he faced and allowing three total baserunners doesn’t fall into the list of his best outings.
But whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, Wilson (1-0) was outstanding. He wriggled out of a second-inning jam and was never threated. He needed only two strikeouts to shut down Seattle.
”That was great to see. We haven’t seen that kind of stuff since probably midseason last year,” Scioscia said. ”I think it points to the fact that he’s healthy. You can’t really command the ball better than C.J. did.”
The Angels got all their offense from David Freese, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Freese found just enough power on a chilly night when fly balls were not carrying well.
Albert Pujols doubled with one out, the first hit off Seattle starter James Paxton (0-1), and Freese followed with a shot to right-center that barely cleared the fence.
It was Freese’s second career homer off Paxton, and all Wilson needed on a night when he filled up the strike zone.
”I was trying to hit something hard,” Freese said. ”You’re not going to get too many opportunities against a guy like that, and a rotation like this, so we capitalized.”
Wilson threw 96 pitches, 63 for strikes. Nelson Cruz and Rickie Weeks each got his first hit with the Mariners, but that was the entirety of Seattle’s offense against Wilson.
Wilson returned to congratulations in the dugout after striking out Brad Miller to end the eighth.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his first save.