Wilson: Rough outing vs. Twins an anomaly

Wilson: Rough outing vs. Twins an anomaly

TORONTO -- Manager Ron Washington and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson disagree in the cause, but agree with the result -- the left-hander's previous outing was not his best.

Wilson surrendered a season-high six runs over 5 1/3 frames Sunday against the Twins. He was tagged for an uncharacteristic seven hits and dished out four free passes.

Wilson, who is scheduled to start Friday's highly-anticipated series opener vs. the Yankees, said the outing was simply an anomaly -- a product of bad luck and nothing more.

"A couple bad bounces," Wilson said. "[The Twins] hit a double chopper over the third baseman's head that was like a turf base hit, basically. A couple broken bats that blooped in. No balls really driven well. It's not like I gave up any home runs.

"Just over the course of the season, you're going to have some starts where you deal with a little bit of the twilight-zone effect. A double-play ball turns into a hit, a strikeout turns into ball four, and some stuff like that. That was pretty much it."

Washington concurred with his starter's assessment, that even the best pitchers will run into a bad outing. On the other hand, he thought Wilson did not necessarily suffer from bad fortune, but rather poor control.

"He didn't have any command," Washington said. "He couldn't control his cutter. Couldn't throw his breaking ball where he wanted to. His changeup, he couldn't keep in the zone. He just didn't have any command."

Converted from a reliever to a starter this season, Wilson has posted an impressive 14-6 record with a 3.10 ERA. His prior loss dated back to July 11 against Baltimore.