KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
"I was a little bit upset," Wilson said. "I felt like I made some good pitches, but I didn't get the result."
Wilson then gave up a three-run double to
"I'd like to think in general I can give the team a good start even if I have a bad inning," Wilson said. "But in the situation we're in, with our backs against the wall, there's nothing you can do."
"Being able to finish off some hitters was an issue, and I think he was behind too many counts, and it ended up hurting in that first inning," Scioscia said of Wilson. "There's not a long leash in an elimination game, and unfortunately, we had to try to match up and get out of that first inning, and that was the night for C.J."
Rust never sleeps
Josh Hamilton missed all but one of the team's final 23 regular-season games because of right shoulder, rib-cage and chest injuries, and he was probably more suited for a triple-A rehabilitation assignment than a playoff series.
The Angels, believing Hamilton was better than any other option and that he'd quickly find his stroke, started him in left field for all three games, a decision that did not look very sound after Hamilton went hitless in 13 division series at-bats, driving in one run with an eighth-inning groundout Sunday night.
"Coming into it, the biggest thing was putting the ball in play," Hamilton said. "Tonight, I felt like I had some pretty good at-bats. It's a little late for that."
Hamilton, two highly disappointing years into a five-year, $125-million contract, was limited to 89 games because of numerous injuries this season, hitting .263 with 10 homers and 44 runs batted in.
"Of course, it's frustrating — I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't — but I'm going to do what I can do to get back and help the team," Hamilton said. "Last year ended on a positive note. This year, going to the playoffs is pretty positive. That's something to build off and fuel the fire for next year going into
The Angels clinched the
Did Kansas City's momentum going into the division series give them an edge?