ARLINGTON, Texas -- C.J. Wilson gets a do-over.
Rain spoiled Wilson’s homecoming party after only a third of an inning Friday at Rangers Ballpark, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia will send him back to the mound for Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday.
Texas took Game 1, 10-3.
“We weighed a lot of things, but two hours was a long time for C.J. to go back out,’’ Scioscia said. “He felt really strongly that he could come back Saturday. He thought that was the best option and we’ll see how he does. He didn’t throw that much [22 pitches] and the bounce-back should be really routine for him. I’d rather start him fresh.’’
Wilson will become the first major league pitcher to start in back-to-back games since the Rangers’ Aaron Myette in 2002. It was an early ejection, instead of rain, that gave Myette his opportunity.
Wilson left the Rangers’ organization after 11 years in December when he signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Angels.
The Newport Beach native anticipated boos from the sold-out Ballpark and he got them.
After striking out Ian Kinsler to begin the game, Wilson was the victim of three straight infield singles, accounting for the first run of the game. As if on cue, the rain began and the game was halted following a walk to Michael Young that loaded the bases.
By the time the storm had passed and the field was playable, it was Jerome Williams, not Wilson, that took the mound. All three baserunners eventually scored, along with two more charged to Williams, in a nightmare six-run first inning. Wilson’s tidy 2.61 ERA was fluffed up to 3.46.
The Angels manager didn’t place the blame on Wilson or Williams.
“We gave them five outs in that first inning,’’ Scioscia said. “Tonight we didn’t play good on the defensive side.’’
Rangers fans started a “We want C.J.’’ chant in the late innings, probably not thinking they will indeed see him again so soon.
Wilson left the Angels' clubhouse early to get some rest for Saturday’s noon start, no doubt hoping to silence the catcalls.