'Pressing' Angels continue their losing ways
ANAHEIM – The word the Angels – losers of their fourth consecutive game Sunday, 7 of their past 10 and 13 of the 18 in August – keep using is "pressing."
Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson admitted to "pressing" or "trying to do too much" when he gave up seven runs in Saturday's fifth inning, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to come back from an 8-0 deficit to win, 10-8.
After Sunday's 8-3 loss that gave the Rays the four-game series sweep, Angels starter Zack Greinke got candid.
"I'm feeling good with the team, coaches, catchers. But maybe I'm trying to be too good," he said.
"I was watching (Rays' David) Price pitch (Thursday) and how easy he makes it look, and I'm trying to be nastier than I should be. I feel like I could do it, but I wasn't doing it today, so I've got to pitch my game and not try to do more."
Catcher Bobby Wilson, who caught Greinke on Sunday, said that the Angels' difficulties aren't just the result of Wilson's and Greinke's change in effort, but the entire team's.
"I see everyone pressing right now" Bobby Wilson said.
"Everybody is trying to carry the team on their own shoulders, and when you've got 25 guys that are trying to do that, it can be tough."
Right-handed relief pitcher Jordan Walden (2-2, 3.86 ERA, one save), who had been on the disabled list since July 15 because of a strained right biceps, was activated before Sunday's game.
"I didn't allow a run, which was the important thing," said Walden, who gave up a line-drive single to Jose Molina. "I just tried to stay within myself."
Scott Downs, appearing for the second consecutive game since coming off the disabled list because of a left shoulder strain, lasted just a third of an inning.
On 16 pitches, Downs gave up two runs on two hits and an intentional walk in the ninth.
In a corresponding move to Walden's return, left-handed relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi (0-3, 4.93) was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Angels are off.
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