The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's two biggest offseason acquisitions shined on Tuesday night against the Oakland A's—one on the mound and the other with the stick.
C.J. Wilson was brilliant against Oakland, allowing just one hit over eight shutout innings. He walked just two while striking out seven.
Wilson threw 125 pitches in the contest and, despite the great results, didn't feel like he was dominating the A's lineup:
I realized that I was throwing a no-hitter for four innings or whatever, but the way they were actually putting the bat on the ball, I didn't really feel like I was dominating. It wasn't like a really good swing-and-miss night for me.
Whether he felt he was dominant or not doesn't really matter in the end—he was stellar and improved his season ERA to 2.90.
Pujols, the team's biggest acquisition this offseason, continued to show why he may finally be breaking out for the Angels.
He was just 1-for-4 in the game, but that one was a towering third-inning home run to left field.
He now has three home runs in his past seven games and a total of 16 RBI in May. He had just one home run in his previous 36 games and a total of four RBI in the month of April.
With the home run, Pujols tied Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell for 35th on the all-time home run list with 449.