C.J. Wilson impresses in loss vs. Mariners

C.J. Wilson gave up four hits, walked none and struck out four in a no-decision against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Morry Gash

TEMPE, Ariz. — Observations from the Angels’ 10-6 loss to Seattle on Tuesday.

Good outing for C.J. Wilson

Wilson went five innings and threw 65 pitches (four hits, four strikeouts) in a no-decision vs. the Mariners.

"The key for me, if I can hit my spots, then I’m going to be ok, even if I fall behind the count a couple of times in the count," Wilson said. "I need to learn to be more efficient. This is the second time I’ve faced these guys…so I need to get to know them better."

Double trouble

In the second inning, Mike Trout turned an RBI single into an RBI double after a nice hustle and graceful, head-first slide into second base. Trout was then driven home on the next play by an RBI double from Albert Pujols.

Tough afternoon for J.B.

J.B. Shuck, who started in left field and batted leadoff for the Angels, struggled on the defensive side vs. Seattle. In the second inning, Shuck misjudged a fly ball that dropped for a hit and the following play, overthrew his cutoff man, and catcher Hank Conger, which allowed an unearned run to score and tabbed Shuck with an error.

Shuck also went 0-for-3 with a walk at the plate.

"The runner held up, and the left fielder made a really aggressive throw," Wilson said. "Hank (Conger) tried to get around it and I wasn’t far enough behind him and then it took a really weird hop…then I think it hit Scioscia."

Hit count

Tuesday’s game featured a sequence in which Seattle pitcher Scott Baker, who’s fighting for a spot in the Mariners’ rotation, hit three straight Angels batters  — Albert Pujols, David Freese and Howie Kendrick.


Jim Abbott, who serves as a guest pitching instructor for the Angels during spring training, spent time signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans on Tuesday. Abbott had two stints (1989-1992, 1995-96) with the California Angels and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1989.

The Angels granted LHP Mark Mulder his official release on Tuesday. Mulder was attempting a major league comeback when he suffered a torn ACL during spring training in Tempe.

Tempe Diablo Stadium, the spring training home of the Angels, is the second oldest ballpark (1968) in the Cactus League after Phoenix Municipal Stadium (1964).