Blake Wilson didn’t take his problems on the mound with him to the plate in La Mirada’s 7-5 Suburban League victory over Bellflower Wednesday.
Wilson struggled from the start with his command, leaving pitches up for the Bellflower batters in a four-run first inning. He got through the second and third without any runs, but gave up a solo home run in the fourth. In four innings, Wilson allowed five runs and nine hits.
“He had one pitch today,” La Mirada coach Kim Brooks said, “his fastball.”
But it was also Wilson that kick-started the Matadores’ offense in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Wilson doubled to right-center to score all three runs, pulling La Mirada within a run. Jeff Murray and Daniel Jung followed with RBI hits to give the Matadores their first lead of the game.
Wilson finished with two hits and scored twice.
“We knew we still had six innings left,” said Wilson. “We know what we’re capable of (offensively).”