Alex Wilson was the loser last night only in the most technical sense. He is the pitcher who allowed Chris Davis to bloop a broken-bat single to left that gave the Orioles a 5-4 victory in 13 innings. But nothing else Wilson did merited the “L” next to his name in the box score. From the all-day odyssey that brought him to Baltimore to the effort he gave over 22⁄3 innings in extras, Wilson sent a message to his teammates and coaches — he can help here. They acknowledged as much as they filed out of Camden Yards, one after another stopping at his locker to salute his effort, even in defeat. Jon Lester clapped him on the shoulder. Clayton Mortensen gave him a fist bump. Others leaned in with words of encouragement. Pitching coach Juan Nieves recognized the significance of the outing. “When your teammates know that you’re there for them, you become part of them,” he said. “The No. 1 thing for him is to understand that and feel it.” With the Red Sox bullpen depleted and hurting following a tough series against the Rays that included a 14-inning victory on Monday, Wilson got the call to come to Baltimore on Wednesday night. He packed his bag for a 7 a.m. flight yesterday on Southwest out of Providence. Wilson lives five minutes from T.F. Green and woke up at 6. Mother Nature had other plans for him, however, and storms in the mid-Atlantic delayed his flight. Wilson passed the hours in the terminal. Eight came and went. Nine. Ten. With no other direct flights to the Baltimore-Washington area, Wilson scrambled, booking a noon train that would get him to the park right around first pitch. “It would have gotten me here just shy of gametime, but I would’ve been here,” Wilson said. “That’s what counts.” Fortunately, it didn’t come to that. Wilson’s flight departed around 11:30 and then took a scenic route to Baltimore, circumventing the storms that stretched from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas.
Alex Wilson’s long journey gives relief to Sox pen
Boston Herald | Jun 14