Wilson's long day ends with a loss in 13th

Wilson's long day ends with a loss in 13th
June 14, 2013, 1:30 am
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BALTIMORE -- Alex Wilson's day began poorly. Some 18 hours later, it didn't end all that well, either.

Pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket, Wilson got the word late Wednesday night that he was being promoted to Boston, essentially exchanged for starter Alfredo Aceves, who had a day-pass and contributed six strong innings against Tampa Bay as a spot starter.

Scheduled for a 7 a.m. flight out of Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., Wilson had to wait out morning thunderstorms for four hours
before finally leaving shortly after 11 and getting to Baltimore after 1 p.m.

That, at least, took the only other travel option off the table: a seven-hour train ride that would have dropped him in Baltimore minutes
before gametime.

"It was,'' concluded Wilson, "a long day.''

He was then pressed into duty in extra innings and after two scoreless innings, issued a two-out walk and two singles which gave the Orioles a
5-4 walkoff win in the bottom of the 13th inning.

After getting two quick outs in the 13th, he walked Nick Markakis and allowed a single to right by Adam Jones, sending Markakis into scoring
position.

Wilson tried to come in on power-hitting Chris Davis, but the O's first baseman jammed a bloop single over short, enough to score Markakis
with the winner.

"That's exactly what I wanted to do,'' recounted Wilson of the pitch  he made to Davis. "He's just a big strong guy and he just muscled it far
enough out. Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't.''

Had Davis lined a rope to the alley, Wilson might have felt a little better about the loss. To lose on a blooper, however, just made it all the
more frustrating.

"It comes down being a competitor,'' Wilson said. "Sometimes, when you don't feel like you got beat, it's kind of disappointing. But he did his job. It worked out well for him. They played a hard game just like we did and they just happened to come out on top today.''

Making matters worse was issuing the two-out walk to Markakis, "something you never want to do. That's the biggest regret for me tonight. I made good pitches all night; it's just that the walk came with two outs in...I don't even know what inning it ended up being.''

That would be the 13th, after five other Red Sox pitchers had gone to the mound.

After the Sox experienced a 14-inning marathon Monday night, fresh arms have been tough to come by. The Sox considered Koji Uehara off limits Thursday and wanted to limit Craig Breslow to a single inning.

When Wilson got the call, he knew he might be expected to stay out for a while.

"As soon as we got through the ninth,'' he said, "I knew if I went in, it was going to be an extended period of time. I was ready for it. It's one of those things that I've been building up for all year. Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish my inning.''

"I thought he threw the ball outstanding,'' said manager John Farrell. "He threw a lot of strikes. They bunched a walk and a base hit and a jam shot for the difference tonight.''

While the loss was tough to take, Wilson figures there were some benefits to pitching as well - and as long - as he did. Undoubtedly, he earned the respect and admiration of his teammates for his outing, given the circumstances.

"Anytime I go out there, having a good outing is huge,'' he said. "I'm a guy that still has to earn his spot every single day. Outings like this, even though we didn't come out on top, I threw the ball well and I think I gained some trust.''

"I think he's earned [respect] every time he's walked to the mound for us,'' said Farrell, "particularly tonight. You do that on the road with your back against the wall with every pitch you're throwing, (against) a team that has many guys in the lineup who can drive the ball out of the ballpark...

"He's a guy that, even for the early stages of his career, he's confident, he's calm on the mound. He doesn't pitch away from contact. He did an outstanding job for us tonight. Unfortunately, we're in sudden death and that's what happens.''