Quick hook for Wilson, who can't finish first

Scioscia turns to bullpen with two outs in opening frame after veteran allows three-run double

Quick hook for Wilson, who can't finish first

KANSAS CITY -- Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson could not finish the first inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Royals on Sunday night.

Wilson retired just two batters and was knocked out after a three-run double by Alex Gordon. The Angels had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Mike Trout's home run.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video
Wilson then started the bottom of the first by getting Alcides Escobar on a groundout. But Nori Aoki and Lorenzo Cain followed with a pair of singles. Wilson struck out Eric Hosmer, but he walked Billy Butler to load the bases. Gordon, who was 4-for-16 in his career against Wilson, then doubled to deep left-center.

That was all for Wilson, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought in reliever Vinnie Pestano. It was the shortest non-injury-related postseason start since Rick Ankiel lasted two-thirds of an inning in Game 2 of the 2000 National League Championship Series. The Reds' Johnny Cueto recorded just one out in Game 1 of the 2012 NL Division Series, but he exited early because of back spasms.

Wilson's outing also marked the second time in three starts that he lasted just two-thirds of an inning, having done so on Sept. 22 against the Athletics.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.