In Friday’s game, Wilson started but gave up four runs in just one-third inning in his Friday outing. Rains hit Arlington and caused a rain delay of two-hours. Following the rain delay the Angels’ starter for Saturday, Jerome Williams took over for Wilson.
Mike Scioscia said the two-hour delay was too long for Wilson to go back to the mound, but Wilson told his manager he could start again on Saturday and the coaching staff decided it would be fine.
Prior to his poor outing on Friday, Wilson had been efficient as an Angel. The southpaw came into the game with an ERA of 2.61. However, in only 22 pitches against his former teammates his ERA had risen to 3.46. He started Friday with a two-game consecutive win streak after beating Toronto and Minnesota.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back games was Aaron Myette, a right-hander who pitched with Texas. He was ejected after only throwing four pitches on September 3, 2002 then was handed the ball again the following day.
Texas will try to win their fifth game in their last six to add to their MLB best record of 22-11. Josh Hamilton, the Rangers’ outfielder who hit four home runs in one game earlier in the week, smacked two more home runs and had a single. He is leading the major leagues with a batting average of .407 and 17 home runs along with 40 RBIs.