Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

Orioles' No. 8 prospect tosses five shutout innings before finding trouble in the sixth

Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Tyler Wilson had an impressive first career Major League start.

Wilson -- ranked by MLB.com as the Orioles' No. 8 prospect and recalled from Triple-A before the game -- went six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the White Sox in Thursday's Game 1 of a doubleheader.

"Starting, you have a little bit more time to think about the game. We really had a plan going in for each guy," said Wilson, who made two relief appearances with the Orioles last week. "I had the full hour before the game, going through my routine and stretching, the bullpen, to kind of calm all my emotions and get locked in on the glove."

Dueling with Chris Sale, who tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings and struck out 12, Wilson threw 86 pitches and pointed to a leadoff walk in the sixth inning as the biggest takeaway from the start. He went on to allow RBI doubles to Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche in the frame and took the loss.

Melky's RBI double

The former 10th-round pick, who was named the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2014, Wilson took a shutout into the sixth inning and kept his composure all afternoon.

"That's one thing I told y'all before the game that wasn't gonna be an issue, I didn't think," manager Buck Showalter said. "He is letting it rip. He has done that his whole life. You go back to his sophomore year in high school, and this is a kid that winning and competitiveness have followed him around. That's not gonna change."

Having the experience of being on a Major League mound twice before also helped.

"The first [outing] was just getting it out of the way, kind of getting all the ins and outs, the little things, the routine before the game, kind of understanding the way the flow was going to work," Wilson said. "And then today was just executing a plan from pitch one, really setting a tone to get deep in the game as opposed to an inning or two."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.