Wang gives up 3 runs, 3 hits in warm-up match
CNAKAOHSIUNG--MLB free agent Chien-Ming Wang started in his second warm-up game Sunday against a local team, in preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC), giving up three runs — two earned — and three hits in 4 and 2/3 innings.
February 25, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The former Washington Nationals right-hander threw 52 pitches for Taiwan's national team and was relieved in the fifth inning, after allowing a two-run triple in the fourth against the Lamigo Monkeys. He also struck out three batters and walked one.
The 32-year-old, who played for the New York Yankees before moving to Washington, threw three scoreless innings. Trouble began in the fourth when Wang walked the first batter and gave up a double.
The next batter, who inflicted heavy damage on Wang's otherwise strong performance, was none other than Chin-feng Chen, Taiwan's first baseballer to play for a Major League team when he was signed by the L.A. Dodgers in 1999. He scored the third run with Wang as the pitcher, thanks to an error by the national team. Chen was grounded out in the first inning.
After the game, Wang said that he felt fairly good about his own performance, adding that he had good control of his rhythm. His biggest mistake, he said, was walking the first batter in the fourth.
With Wang pitching and Chen in the batting lineup, the Sunday afternoon game attracted a crowd of 13,680, more than any other warm-up game since the series began in Kaohsiung on Feb 18.