Baseball's Wilson Earns MLB All-Star Game Save

by Bill Franques
Baseball's Wilson Earns MLB All-Star Game Save

BATON ROUGE, La. – Former LSU pitcher  Brian Wilson earned the save Tuesday night for the National League in its 5-1 win over the American League at the 82nd MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix.

Wilson, the San Francisco Giants’ closer, made his third All-Star Game appearance since 2008.

With runners at second and third and one out in the top of the ninth inning, NL manager Bruce Bochy summoned Wilson, who retired Michael Cuddyer and Paul Konerko to end the game.

Wilson, who pitched at LSU from 2001-03, helped lead the Giants to the World Series title last season, recording 48 saves in the regular season and six in the postseason. The native of Londonderry, N.H. has a 6-2 record this season with 26 saves.

Wilson’s participation in the All-Star Game marks the fourth straight year a former LSU player has competed in the mid-summer classic. Wilson represented the Giants in the 2008 game at Yankee Stadium and in the 2010 game in Anaheim, Calif., and infielder Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays (AL) and outfielder Brad Hawpe of the Colorado Rockies (NL) played in the 2009 game in St. Louis.

LSU’s first All-Star was Boston Braves second baseman Connie Ryan of New Orleans, who played for the National League in 1944. New York Giants shortstop Alvin Dark of Comanche, Okla. was an NL All-Star in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

First baseman Joe Bill Adcock of Coushatta, La. represented the Milwaukee Braves on the 1960 National League roster.

Outfielder Albert Belle of Shreveport, La. was a five-time American League All-Star, representing the Cleveland Indians (1993-96) and Chicago White Sox (1997).

Right-hander Paul Byrd, a product of Louisville, Ky., pitched for the National League in 1999 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

LSU’s Major League All-Stars
Connie Ryan, 2B, Boston Braves (NL) – 1944
Alvin Dark, SS, New York Giants (NL) – 1951-52, 1954
Joe Bill Adcock, 1B, Milwaukee Braves (NL) – 1960
Albert Belle, OF, Cleveland Indians (AL) – 1993-96; Chicago White Sox (AL) – 1997
Paul Byrd, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) – 1999
Brian Wilson, RHP, San Francisco Giants (NL) – 2008, 2010, 2011
Brad Hawpe, OF, Colorado Rockies (NL) – 2009
Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (AL) – 2009