Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson made some history on Saturday.
No, he didn’t throw a perfect game or a no hitter, but the lefty became the first pitcher in 11 seasons to start back-to-back games.
The last time that happened was in 2002 when Aaron Myette made consecutive starts in early September.
With all the over-protective clubs out there treating pitchers with kid gloves, you’re probably wondering how such a feat was accomplished.
Well, Wilson started the series opener against his old team, the Texas Rangers, on Friday throwing about two-dozen pitches before the game was delayed nearly two hours because of rain.
When the rain stopped, Wilson never came back out. The Rangers ended up winning 10-3. Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish remained in the game after the rain settled down and players trotted back onto the field.
The 22 pitches Wilson threw in the first inning didn’t stop the Angels from throwing him back to the mound on Saturday.
Wilson gave up five hits and two earned runs and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings Saturday.
Back in 2002, Myette threw two pitches before he was ejected from the first game.
Wilson is pitching to a 3.42 ERA through eight games this season.