Rangers can't clinch, Wilson not there yet as Yankees stay alive

David Brown

Before he can advance to the status of his idols, C.J. Wilson(notes) still has work to.

And so do the Texas Rangers, who missed their first chance to put away the New York Yankees and send themselves to a World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Wilson failed to control the strike zone early, and the Yankees took advantage of his wildness to build and early lead and cruise to a 7-2 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS.

After a strong performance that was good enough to win Game 1, Wilson on Wednesday allowed six runs — five earned — and six hits with four walks.

Oh, the walks. Wilson put two of the first three Yankees aboard with walks to set up a three-run second inning. Wilson also allowed back-to-back solo home runs in the third, and the Yankees weren't reeling anymore after being dominated over the first four games of the series.

Wilson, who threw 48 of 93 pitches for strikes, wasn't pleased with his performance:

From @str8edgeracer:

"Yikes. Might have just as well got hit by lightning as poorly as that went for me tonight, definitely didn't give our team what it needed," [Wilson said.]

If by that Wilson means the lightning should have struck him before he allowed any runs, I have to disagree; Having to work eight innings would have burned out the Rangers bullpen and caused even more problems for Game 6.

By now, you've probably noticed how far Wilson has come this season. After begging for a chance to pitch in the Rangers rotation, he won a job during spring training and became one of the best left-handed pitchers in the majors.

He's done a great job taking notes from the likes of Cliff Lee(notes), to whom his stuff is comparable and to whom Wilson compares himself sometimes. But he's got plenty to learn and, as he likes to tweet, much work to do.

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