Wilson picks up first win on just two pitches

Wilson picks up first win on just two pitches
May 18, 2013, 1:15 am
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MINNEAPOLIS – Most of us can always count on the friends who knew us way back when to keep us humble. It’s no different for Red Sox right-hander Alex Wilson, even on the occasion of his first major league win.
 
By the time Wilson got back to the Sox clubhouse after the 10-inning, 3-2 win over the Twins, there were several text messages waiting for him on his phone – with more likely on the way.
 
“I’ve got about 10 texts, so far,” he said. “My buddies basically making fun of the fact that I threw two pitches and got a win. There might be a serious one in the bunch that I haven’t got to yet. Yeah, that hometown support’s always special.”
 
And so is his first major league win – despite the cyber-ragging. Wilson threw just two pitches to record the final out of the ninth inning, relieving Andrew Miller.
 
“It’s always nice to get the first of anything in your career, or life experience, basically,” he said. “And to get the first win out of the way and have it on two pitches is kind of funny. But it’s something that’s welcomed.”
 
Wilson retired Trevor Plouffe -- who had doubled leading off the third, scoring on Pedro Florimon’s home run, accounting for all the Twins' runs – on a flyout to center field.
 
“I came in, threw first pitch slider for a [called] strike,” Wilson said of Plouffe’s at-bat. “And then I got a little bit of too much of the zone, but he got the barrel of the bat on it. I knew it wasn’t going too far. And [Jacoby] Ellsbury ran to the spot and made it look easy for me.”
 
Wilson was given the game ball by Koji Uehara, who earned his first save of the season.
 
“Actually Koji ran the ball to me, in typical Koji fashion,” Wilson said.
 
Wilson was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on April 10 when John Lackey was placed on the disabled list. His first win – and first decision of any kind, actually – came in his 12th appearance, spanning 12 1/3 innings. He acknowledged he is somewhat surprised that he is still on the major league roster. His presence, though, has been necessitated by injuries to other pitchers.
 
“It’s always good to get involved in more pressure situations,” he said. “That’s where you want to be as a player, as an athlete. So to get a chance to come in in a tight game like that and do well, it’s a big confidence boost.”
 
And something he can tell his buddies.