His pitch count already limited because it's so early in spring training, Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson didn't need any more incentive to get out of an early jam caused by three straight New York Yankees hits in the first inning Thursday.
But in limiting the damage to two runs and going on to scatter just two more hits before he was removed after the third inning, Wilson used his second start of spring training to exercise a resilience that could make a difference once the games start counting.
"Getting out of that first inning is great in general, whether that would have been in the second or third inning or in the first inning," Wilson said. "Obviously, it's not how you draw it up to start a game — three straight hits — but like I said, that's a byproduct of not executing two-strike pitches. I'll take that and move forward, take that into my skill work and bullpens. I was really excited about being able to pitch out of that jam."
Wilson gave up singles to open the game to center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and third baseman Rob Refsnyder, then yielded a run-scoring double on a smoked line drive by new Yankees shortstop Starlin Castro. The second run scored on a groundout by outfielder Aaron Hicks, and Wilson cruised from there.
"They lead off the game with three hits, and to kind of manage the game with guys on second and third with nobody out and be able to trade out runs rather than give up the big inning, then settle back in and throw up some zeroes and keep our team in the game, that's big for me," Wilson said. "Obviously, I'd like to start better and set a tone a little bit better for the game, but that's not always going to be the case."