Nervous Williams escapes return unscathed

Nervous Williams escapes return unscathed

ANAHEIM -- Jerome Williams was both nervous and excited when he left the Angels' bullpen Wednesday night with one out in the top of the ninth for his first Major League action since May 15, 2007, with the Washington Nationals.

"When I was in the bullpen, I was just anxious to get out there," Williams said Thursday afternoon. "Hopefully I'd have the chance to get out there and get my feet wet again. I felt like a rookie all over again. But I felt real confident out there. I felt really good."

The feel-good moment quickly evaporated as Texas' Michael Young ripped Williams' first pitch off the fence in left-center field for a stand-up double.

Welcome back, Jerome.

Nelson Cruz then singled to put runners on the corners. The inning could easily have gotten ugly for Williams, who was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier that day. But Williams got Mike Napoli to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

It wasn't pretty, but Williams prevented the Angels from breaking open a 4-3 game and gave the Halos a chance to potentially tie it up in the bottom of the ninth.

"I'm thinking, I'm going to try to get this guy out, and the next thing you know he almost takes me out," Williams said. "But I just beared down after that and made my pitches."