Baltimore Orioles waste Tyler Wilson’s quality start in loss

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Tyler Wilson’s effort wasn’t indicative of his numbers, as the Baltimore Orioles fell to New York, 7-0.

At the end of the day, Tyler Wilson pitched a much better game than the numbers indicate for the Baltimore Orioles last night. Wilson’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 earned), 3 BB, 4 K. Granted those aren’t horrible numbers, and the fact is that he turned in a quality start. However as I said, he pitched better than the numbers indicate.

You can’t win if you don’t score any runs, and that’s exactly what happened with the Orioles last night. NY’s Sabathia shut their bats down – and then some. However as I said, Wilson was great last night. He definitely deserved a better fate than getting tagged with the loss, and to a man everyone in the Orioles’ clubhouse will agree on that.

The teams played to a 0-0 tie until the sixth, when NY took a 1-0 lead on a Beltran sac fly-RBI. McCann would follow with an RBI-single later in the inning, and the O’s trailed 2-0. However a moment later when Wilson thought he was out of the inning, he was reminded of the fact that you have to complete plays in order to record outs.

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Wilson comitted a throwing error, which allowed a third run to score. All in all, he actually minimized the damange in the inning as well as he could. However errors like that will eat you alive – in close games. This was a bit of a different case because this game ended up not being close, but keep in mind that I’m talking “in general.”

New York would put four more runs across in the eighth on a two-RBI double by

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McCann, an RBI-single by Gregorius, and by virtue of the fact that Gardener was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. All in all, not the greatest of nights for the Birds. However all athletes will tell you that these games happen. You just have to accept it and move onto the next game – in this case, that’s tonight.

It’s easy to pin this loss on pitching given the fact that they gave up seven runs. However the Birds also hit into three double-plays in the game. Sabathia has always been good at inducing ground balls, and he did it again last night. And also keep in mind that New York has a good bullpen also. After Sabathia was gone, their ‘pen took over and continued the magic.

Wilson appeared very positive about his outing after the game, with the exception of the error. And while you have to limit mistakes like that, we’re also talking about a guy who’s made fewer than ten starts at the major league level. But the fact is that sometimes you just have to tip your cap, and Wilson said as much afterwards (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports): 

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"Another opportunity to go a little deeper in the game is a positive to take away. Got the leadoff there in the sixth and then they strung a couple of hits together and they hit some good pitches. That is a veteran lineup. I look back and try to learn from everything that happened and will do that moving forward."

The Orioles are in good shape with Wilson if he’s looking to learn from these outings. And that’s pretty much what he indicated with that quote. In that same article (linked above), Melewski also mentioned that Chris Davis had an ice pack on his hand after the game. However he was joking about it with reporters, so by all accounts that doesn’t appear to be anything of concern.

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The series will conclude this evening at Camden Yards – weather permitting once again. Kevin Gausman will get the ball for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by New York’s Masahiro Tanaka. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.