Roy­als com­plete three-game sweep

Kansas City gets to C.J. Wil­son and sweeps se­ries. Dugouts empty af­ter ex­change in­volv­ing Trout.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­ Twit­ter: @BA_Turner

Kansas City gets to Wil­son; Trout is in­volved in heated ex­change.

C.J. Wil­son wanted to make sure the proper per­spec­tive was taken on his first two per­for­mances with the An­gels.

The left-han­der wasn’t the same dom­i­nat­ing pitcher Sun­day that he was in his sea­son de­but, but just be­cause Wil­son was vic­tim­ized for seven runs and nine hits in a 9-2 loss to Kansas City doesn’t mean he’ll be in­ef­fec­tive when he pitches again.

Wil­son knows the highs and lows of a 162-game sea­son, knows his eight shutout innings last week in a victory against the Seat­tle Mariners only sig­ni­fied that he would be tak­ing the mound again.

The loss to the Roy­als on Sun­day at An­gel Sta­dium in which Wil­son lasted just 5 ⁄ innings only re­in­forced that he has to be ready for his next out­ing in hopes of bet­ter re­sults.

“I get a game in five more days,” Wil­son said. “I’ve just got to get ready for that. I’m not go­ing to face the Roy­als next time. I’m go­ing to face the Astros, so I’ve got to get pre­pared for those guys.”

Mike Trout had to pro­tect him­self in the sixth in­ning af­ter a heated ex­change with Roy­als pitcher Yor­dano Ven­tura be­hind home plate that emp­tied both dugouts and had the bullpens rac­ing onto the field.

Trout had raced around from first base on Al­bert Pu­jols’ dou­ble and slid home safely.

Ven­tura was stand­ing be­hind the plate, back­ing up catcher Sal­vador Perez on the play. Ven­tura said some­thing to Trout af­ter his hit went by the pitcher for a sin­gle and again when Trout was be­hind the plate.

“I got a base hit and I got to first base and he was star­ing at me,” Trout said. “I didn’t think I did any­thing wrong. When I touched home plate, I told [team­mate Matt] Joyce, ‘Let’s go,’ and then [Ven­tura] got in my face. I’m just try­ing to play my game. I’m not try­ing to get into fights.”

Wil­son, who was given a 1-0 lead on a first-in­ning home run by Pu­jols, had four strike­outs, an in­ten­tional walk and one wild pitch and hit a bat­ter while throw­ing 94 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Wil­son was done in by four runs on four hits — and an er­ror on third base­man David Freese — in the sec­ond that put the An­gels in a 4-1 deficit.

“I prob­a­bly made a cou­ple of strate­gic er­rors and a cou­ple of ex­e­cu­tion er­rors,” Wil­son said. “The way that they’re play­ing right now, it just turned into a lot of hits.”

The 6-0 Roy­als swept the three­game se­ries and have de­feated the An­gels six con­sec­u­tive times dat­ing to an Amer­i­can League di­vi­sion se­ries last Oc­to­ber.

“Ob­vi­ously we were re­ally fired up to try to sal­vage up a win out of this se­ries, and we weren’t able to do it,” Wil­son said. “Al­bert got us off to a good start and then I just wasn’t able to put some of the guys away when I had count ad­van­tages on them.”

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YOR­DANO VEN­TURA , right, of Roy­als is held back by catcher Sal­vador Perez af­ter the An­gels’ Mike Trout scored in the sixth. “I’m not try­ing to get into fights,” Trout said later.

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