"I was like, 'Oh, popup,'" Wilson said. "That's why I didn't really react. I was like, 'Oh, OK, fly ball -- oh [man], I forgot where we are. That's not good.'"
Wilson's tough outing came hours after Ron Washington praised his lefty reliever for how he has pitched of late. Wilson struck out Alex Rodriguez with the game on the line in Texas' 4-2 win on Wednesday.
Cabrera's game-winning home run took center stage, but the Rangers held an early four-run lead on Thursday and seem poised for their second-straight victory. Starter Brandon McCarthy allowed just one run through the first four innings and seemed to have the powerful Yankees lineup under control.
Then came the fifth inning. The first five Yankees batters reached base to begin the frame, before McCarthy was pulled in favor of reliever of Jason Jennings. Francisco Cervelli and Ramiro Pena led off with consecutive singles, and McCarthy walked Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher.
That set up the crushing blow: A three-run inside-out double by Mark Teixeira that bounced down the left-field line. All told, the Yankees scored five runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead and end McCarthy's day after just four-plus innings.
"It seemed like he just lost his location and couldn't throw the ball over the plate like he was earlier," Washington said. "In baseball, that happens."
McCarthy had a different explanation for his fifth-inning meltdown. Despite the two walks, he thought his control was not the problem. He credited the Yankees hitters for their plate discipline and particularly cited the fourth ball to Swisher, which he said he expected Swisher to swing at.
The Rangers battled back in the sixth, when second baseman Ian Kinsler launched a solo home run off Alfredo Aceves that clanged high on the left-field foul pole. From there, the two bullpens kept the score tied until Cabrera's eventual game-winning homer.
After the game, Wilson stressed that he threw a bad pitch, regardless of the ballpark. It was a changeup that he hoped Cabrera would bang on the ground for a double play, but it stayed up. Nevertheless, he couldn't help but wonder what could have been if the Rangers were playing anywhere else.
"He hit it to the best part of the park to hit that particular ball," Wilson said. "I thought Murphy had a shot at it. That's the game. Bad pitch."