In spot duty, Wilson leads Atlanta to playoffs
Pressed into starting duty by an injury-ravaged rotation, Bryse Wilson stepped up and pitched his team to the postseason. Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect dealt five scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk as the Braves clinched their third straight National League East title with
Pressed into starting duty by an injury-ravaged rotation,
Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect dealt five scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk as the Braves clinched their third straight National League East title with an 11-1 rout of the Marlins on Tuesday night at Truist Park.
#Braves No. 5 prospect @BryseWilson went deep-sea fishing in Atlanta and hooked a few Marlins.pic.twitter.com/oS0Y9Z7lDt— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 23, 2020
“It was incredible,” Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the game. “Over the course of the season, everything that’s been going on as far as me struggling at first, putting in the work at the alternate site. I never imagined I would start the game that we clinched, so it’s been incredible.”
After only pitching in relief this season and having not appeared in any big league games since Sept. 14, the right-hander got the ball when scheduled starter Cole Hamels was scratched with left shoulder fatigue. Wilson was promptly called up from the alternate training site for the start.
He responded with an efficient outing. All three hits Wilson allowed were singles in the first three innings; Corey Dickerson led off with a knock to left field to lead off the first frame, Jesus Aguilar went to right with one out in the second and Dickerson again to right with one gone in the third. None of those runners advanced past first base. The 22-year-old followed Dickerson’s first hit by retiring four straight, three via strikeouts. After Aguilar’s, he set down three more with one K, and following Dickerson’s second single, he dispatched eight of the final nine batters, three more by punchouts.
Wilson finished the night having thrown 77 pitches, 50 for strikes.
The start was his longest outing since last Aug. 27 with Triple-A Gwinnett, when he went seven innings in a victory over New Orleans. It was his longest start in the Majors since going six frames in a victory over the Phillies last July 3.
Atlanta’s division title gave the franchise 20 in its history, more than any other team in baseball.
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Tyler Maun is a reporter for MiLB.com and co-host of “The Show Before The Show” podcast. You can find him on Twitter @tylermaun.