Two Pitches Away

CJ Wilson

Two pitches.

That’s what CJ Wilson wishes he had back.

In what was otherwise an impressive start, two mistakes hurt Wilson in the Texas Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Both of those mistakes left the yard and accounted for all three of the Phillies’ runs.

Wilson started the game on fire, striking out four of the first six hitters he faced. He then left a change-up over the plate to Ben Francisco, who sent it 392 feet into the left field bleachers. What hurts more was the fact that it was a 2-run homer that gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning.

Wilson got back into a groove that kept the Rangers within striking distance, but the long ball would strike again. It came in the form of a fastball left over the middle to Raul Ibanez for the solo shot, which proved to be the difference in the game.

Wilson finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings in what was otherwise a very good start, and it was tough to see him get stuck with the loss after a pitching performance like that. On the plus side, outings like this could build momentum as the season rolls along.

But the difference between a win and a loss can come down to just a couple of pitches, and that’s what happened on a Friday night in Philadelphia.

Written by C. James


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