A 20-year-old thrust into the middle of a pennant race isn't supposed to be able to thrive in these conditions. Yet, Bryse Wilson stepped onto an imposing mound at PNC Park and shut down the home team, just when the Atlanta Braves needed him most.
Coming off a four-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, Wilson, a rookie, tossed a performance usually reserved for an ace. But Folty was nowhere to be found, as Bryse Wilson instead mowed down hitter after hitter, going five solid innings of shutout ball.
And he got a little help from his outfield!
Wilson made his debut in front of his ecstatic parents in Pittsburgh, and proved to be far more than the struggling Pirates expected. Pittsburgh has now given up just five runs in just as many games, but have managed to go 2-3 in that span.
Wilson, just two years out of high school, clearly smelled blood in the water in the Allegheny.
"The most emotional part of this process was when he (Bryse) gave me a hug on the side before the game."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) August 21, 2018
--Chad and Tracey Wilson were thrilled with their son's performance in his MLB debut. They caught up with @KelsWingert during the game. #Braves | #ChopOn pic.twitter.com/gYVfXYxogu
In a Braves season filled with historic achievements by players wise beyond their years, Wilson just added another to the docket.