Tag:Josh Wilson
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:54 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Duensing leads hot Twins to sweep



By Matt Snyder

Brian Duensing, Twins. Don't look now, but the Twins just swept the Royals in four games and are threatening to yield the league's worst record to the Astros. They're only one game back -- that is, if there were standings for all of the MLB. Sunday, Brian Duensing took center stage for the all-of-a-sudden hot Twins. He dazzled in eight innings, giving up only six hits and a walk. The Twins still trail the Indians by 12 1/2 games, but it's not near as bad as it was a week ago.

Chad Billingsley, Dodgers. He labored through five innings, allowing eight hits, three walks and four runs -- so why is he here? Billingsley starred at the dish for the Dodgers. He hit a solo home run in his first at-bat, took a bases-loaded walk his second time up and finished things off with an RBI double. That's quite a day for a guy who entered Sunday with a career .137 batting average and 15 RBI. He's now hitting .304 in 2011 with four extra-base hits, however, so he's definitely improved substantially with the stick.

Josh Wilson, Brewers. The journeyman entered Sunday with almost as many teams (seven) as career home runs (eight). His career .318 slugging percentage gives us some idea of his power prowess. Sunday afternoon, though, Wilson clubbed a home run to left-center field in the top of the 11th, which proved the ultimate difference in the Brewers' 6-5 extra-innings victory. The win was the third straight for the Brewers, who entered the series with a 9-19 road record. Wilson now has two homers in eight at-bats for the Brewers. Prior to joining them, he had just seven homers in 930 career plate appearances.




Top of 11th inning for Arizona. It took the Diamondbacks a three-run ninth inning to force extras against the Nationals, but the top of the 11th was disastrous and proved too much for the Snakes. A single and sac bunt started things rather innocently before a blown call at first base allowed Roger Bernadina on. Then the Nats decided to intentionally walk Jayson Werth and take on Rick Ankiel instead. But pitcher Joe Paterson walked Ankiel, too, forcing in the go-ahead run. For good measure, Paterson then coughed up a grand slam to Mike Morse -- who is one of the more underrated hitters in the league at this point. The umpire, the decision to intentionally load the bases and Paterson all count as "down" issues here.

Jordan Lyles, Astros. Wandy Rodriguez is due back June 13 and the Astros aren't going to a six-man rotation. When he returns, basically the only options are Lyles being demoted back to the minors or Aneury Rodriguez moving to the bullpen. Outings like Sunday won't help the 20-year-old Lyles' cause. He was up in the strike zone all day and lasted only four innings -- giving up five hits and four earned runs. He only walked one, but needed 96 pitches just to get through his four frames. He'll get one more shot to prove to the Astros -- and maybe even himself -- that he belongs in the bigs and doesn't need more minor-league seasoning.

Tim Hudson, Braves. He was torched by the Mets in Citi Field, coughing up seven hits and five earned runs in just four innings. It marked just the seventh time in Hudson's last 108 starts he didn't work into the fifth inning (thanks to Mark Bowman for the stat). The Braves have now lost four of six.

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 2:06 am
 

Mariners scuffle in dugout


The drama in Seattle wasn't another Jonathan Papelbon blown save, but a scuffle in the Mariners' dugout after manager Don Wakamatsu pulled Chone Figgins from the game.

"What people have to understand is that everyone in the dugout cares," Wakamatsu said after the game. "Tempers flair there, but what happens there, stays there."

Replays showed Jose Lopez being restrained by Jack Wilson and Ryan Rowland-Smith, while Russell Branyan was held back by several other teammates.

It appeared Branyan was going after Figgins, when Lopez got in the way. At some point, Lopez's jersey was ripped off in the scuffle.

Figgins was lifted after a play in the fifth inning where it appeared he stood on second base and watched an errant throw from left fielder Michael Saunders to go wild, allowing Mike Cameron to go to third. It didn't cost the team a run, as Jason Vargas got out of the jam.

Wakamatsu said he didn't feel Figgins gave enough effort on the play, so he pulled him from the game.

In the bottom of the inning, Figgins was replaced by Josh Wilson. Wilson came up with two on and two outs in the ninth and struck out to end the game.

The incident overshadowed Josh Becekett's return from the disabled list. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and a run, walking three and a striking out five.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Which Wilson for Mariners?

Jack Wilson This much we know: On most days, "Wilson SS" will be written on the Mariners' lineup card.

The question is, which Wilson?

According to the Seattle Times , Jack Wilson will be activated from the disabled list Sunday, apparently sufficiently recovered from a hamstring problem that has limited him to 26 games this season. Playing in his place while he was gone: Josh Wilson.

It's an unwritten sports rule, or at least a common practice, that a starting player can't lose his spot just because of an injury. Josh Wilson, however, has made himself awfully difficult to take out of the lineup. He's batting .288, the highest among Mariners regulars with the exception of Ichiro Suzuki.

The Mariners are, to put it mildly, offense-challenged. They've scored the second-fewest runs in the American League and have a miserable, league-worst OPS of .660. So how do you shelve one of your few productive hitters? The Mariners are already backed up at DH with Mike Sweeney and, when he's not in the field, Milton Bradley

Jack Wilson (pictured), acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh last July, is a defensive specialist and an average hitter for a shortstop, though he has underperformed at the plate since arriving in Seattle (.236). He does, however, have a two-year, $10 million contract, so sitting him regularly would be tough.

Manager Don Wakamatsu said on June 9 that Josh Wilson would keep the job when Jack Wilson returned, with Jack being worked in "when we see the need for it." Today he said both will get time at shortstop, depending on matchups, and Josh Wilson will get some additional time as a utility player. Should be an interesting juggling act for Wakamatsu.

Matt Tuiasosopo is being sent to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Jack Wilson's return to the active roster.

-- David Andriesen

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