Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen ends losing streak with first victory in August
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwanese left-handed pitcher Wei-Yin Chen recovered from three consecutive losses to record his first victory in August on Wednesday, when he led the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a home game at Camden Yards.
August 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Chen tossed seven innings and allowed only two runs, helping Baltimore to avoid a sweep by the Rays in the three-game series, and securing the 28-year-old pitcher's seventh win of the season in his fourth attempt.
With Baltimore taking a two-run lead in the first inning, Chen suffered two solo homers at the hands of Jason Bourgeois and Sean Rodriguez in the second and fourth before sealing a victory.
Chen threw 98 pitches that resulted in three strikeouts, six hits and two earned runs, improving his earned run average from 3.23 to 3.19. He also allowed three walks in the game.
“He knows what he's doing,” Rays manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com about Chen, who converted a double play each in the fourth and the seventh innings.
“He's a fastball pitcher; he's proud of his fastball. And I love that part about him. And he knows just how to elevate it enough at the right time,” Maddon said.
“Emotionally and mentally, I had control tonight,” the website quoted Chen as saying. “I didn't want them to hit a lot of foul balls off me, so I attacked the strike zone.”
Chen admitted that his losses in the last few outings took an emotional toll on him, but he forced himself to focus on every pitch in this game.
He had “perhaps thought too many thoughts” in his previous games, he told reporters.
Over worrying only adds to stress, Chen said, expressing hope that he can maintain his good performance and help his team keep winning.
The Orioles have 34 more games to play before the regular season ends Sept. 29.
Chen recorded 12 wins in his rookie MLB season in 2012.