TORONTO -- Too many pitches were hit hard.
Too many pitches were out of the strike zone.
A mechanical adjustment is needed between starts.
That was how C.J. Wilson summed up his performance Sunday afternoon against Toronto. The result was a second straight lousy start for the left-hander and a 7-3 loss suffered by the Texas Rangers.
The Blue Jays won the three-game series by jumping on the All-Star for seven runs in 3¦2/3§ innings, Wilson¡¦s worst outing of the season. And there was nowhere to hide after it was over.
¡§Somewhere between the first and the fourth, I had given up seven runs, and I gave up a lot of hits,¡¨ Wilson said. ¡§When you¡¦re falling behind in the count and don¡¦t throw quality pitches, good teams hit the ball hard.
¡§That¡¦s pretty straightforward.¡¨
Wilson took some flak from the media and manager Ron Washington on Wednesday for his comments after a no-decision Tuesday against Minnesota. Wilson said he was ¡§100 percent unlucky¡¨ while allowing six runs in four-plus innings and letting the Twins back in a game they would win despite trailing 7-4 when Wilson started the fifth.
He was fully accountable Sunday even though he has been dealing with neck soreness recently. Errors in the second and third innings that led to two unearned runs also contributed to his struggles.
But neither ever came up as he addressed reporters. Instead, he pointed out that something is awry with his mechanics that needs to be ironed out before he pitches again later in the week.
¡§My mechanics are off, for sure, but I¡¦m not able to isolate one particular thing,¡¨ he said. ¡§I watched a lot of the pitches afterward on video; I had some free time from the fourth to the ninth inning. I threw 80-something pitches, and I think I used 40-something deliveries. It wasn¡¦t consistent at all.¡¨
Toronto started early after Wilson retired the first two hitters he faced. But he walked Jose Bautista and saw Edwin Encarnacion launch a high fastball into the second deck for a 2-0 Blue Jays lead.After some sloppy runs in the second and third, the Blue Jays struck for three two-out runs in the fourth. The dagger for Wilson (10-5) was a two-run double by the recently acquired Colby Rasmus.
¡§It just wasn¡¦t his day,¡¨ Washington said. ¡§We made his day a little tougher in the second and third, but then they came back and got three more.¡¨
¡§I just thought it was time to give him a break. C.J. is a battler. It just didn¡¦t happen for him today. As far as I know, health-wise he is fine. You get to this point in the year, everything hurts.¡¨
Four relievers pitched no-hit ball over the final 4¦1/3§ innings. Koji Uehara needed only eight pitches in the seventh to blow through a perfect inning in his Rangers debut.
The Rangers¡¦ lineup, which was without Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, couldn¡¦t solve Brandon Morrow until the sixth. Josh Hamilton singled with two outs and scored on Michael Young¡¦s double. Mike Napoli followed with a single to bring in Young, and Napoli had an RBI double in the seventh.
The Rangers finished July with an 18-9 record ¡X their best month so far ¡X and maintained their two-game lead in the AL West over the LA Angels, who lost at Detroit on Sunday.