Justin Wilson can be two very different pitchers. When he is in control of his pitches, he can be dominant, looking like a top pitching prospect. When his control is struggling, Wilson's whole game struggles. Tonight was an example of the latter.
Wilson took the mound for the first place Altoona Curve tonight, and from the start it was evident that he didn't have his best control. Wilson led off the game by walking top Baltimore Orioles prospect Xavier Avery. Avery advanced to second on a ground out to shortstop Jordy Mercer, stole third base, and scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Ryan Adams.
Wilson allowed five walks in five innings on the night, with the walks hurting him again in the third inning. After striking out leadoff hitter Xavier Avery on three pitches, Wilson walked the next batter, then allowed back to back singles, bringing in the second Bowie run of the game, putting Bowie up 2-0. Wilson got out of...
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