During the Dodgers recent surge, losing consecutive games, let alone three games in a row has been such a rarity that today’s loss caught many off guard. With the Dodgers leading 3-2 lead in the seventh inning, Cesar Izturis tied things up and in extra innings, Todd Frazier had the walk off RBI single off reliever Brian Wilson.
Uncharacteristically during his time with the Dodgers, Wilson allowed a lead off walk to Ryan Ludwick which sparked Don Mattingly and trainer Sue Falsone to come to the mound.
After the game, Mattingly talked about the visit when talking to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
Mgr Don Mattingly said they noticed Wilson “shaking his arm out” during the five-pitch walk to Ryan Ludwick that started the inning (and set up the Dodgers’ downfall). Wilson told them he was fine and said the same after the game.
The Dodgers signed Wilson after he hadn’t pitched in 15 months after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. While Mattingly didn’t know what he had in Wilson, he’s proved himself to a reliable late-inning reliever.
While the Dodgers bullpen has been strong of late, relievers Paco Rodriguez and Ronald Belisario have been used over 60 times this season, so Wilson should see more innings late in the season.
During the beginning of the season the Dodgers dealt with several significant injuries, so it’s good to hear that Wilson isn’t dealing with any lingering effects from his surgery.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp’s rehab.