For the 29-year-old, the answer to his hot seven-game stretch is simple: batting gloves. Not his batting gloves, however."It just seemed like I was able to hit the ball hard this week," Wilson said. "I think a lot of it might be those [batting] gloves that [outfielder] Nate [McLouth] gave me. I'm going to try to ride those out as long as I can." Those batting gloves gave him 10 RBIs over the course of the week, and in two of the three Pirates wins, Wilson played a major role in one-run victories. His solo shot and only hit of the game gave the Pirates a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on April 11, and his base running led to a win over the Cubs on April 15. In that game against the Cubs, Wilson scored after he hit a triple to put the Pirates up 2-0, which ended up being the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory. Wilson also scored Pittsburgh's first run of the game after walking, stealing second, and scoring on a throwing error. After Saturday's win, in which Wilson plated both runs, he explained clearly where he got his base-running speed from. "I guess it was the extra Pepsi that I had before the game that gave me the energy," Wilson joked. "Once I get going, I guess I have decent speed. But I wouldn't say it's anything great." Whether it was the batting gloves, the extra Pepsi, or maybe just Wilson's talent, the Pirates got three much-needed wins on the young season.
Amanda Branam is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.