Washington, May 20 (CNA) Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had his worst outing as a Baltimore Oriole Sunday, giving up six earned runs in under five innings to the Washington Nationals and swallowing his first loss as a major leaguer.
The Kaohsiung native yielded eight hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings in his team's 9-3 loss to the Nationals, in what had been a highly anticipated duel against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
The Orioles lineup staked Chen to a 3-0 after two innings but failed to rebound after the Nationals took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, bringing Baltimore's five-game winning streak to an end.
The 4-1 Chen gave up two hits each to Nationals stars Bryce Harper and Strasburg --the first picks in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2010 and 2009, respectively -- including the first home run of Strasburg's career, a solo blast that followed another solo shot by catcher Jesus Flores in the fourth.
"I just realized pitchers can hit here. I made a big mistake and threw a bad pitch," Chen was quoted as saying on MLB.com.
The 26-year-old, who pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan before signing with the Orioles in the off-season, admitted that pitching on four days rest in the major leagues had left him physically tired, and he said he would have to get used to it as soon as possible.
"This is baseball. Sometimes you have a good day; sometimes you have a bad day. Definitely, I had a terrible start today," Chen was quoted as saying by The Baltimore Sun.
"I couldn't command all my pitches. And today I was like, 'Do my job.' But I couldn't do it and I hope I can improve next time," said Chen, whose ERA ballooned from 2.45 to 3.55.
The left-hander also said he felt some discomfort in his right arm after batting Sunday and told his manager that he would avoid swinging to prevent the soreness from getting worse.
The Orioles won the first two games of the three-game series against the Nationals, 2-1 and 6-5.
(By Tony Liao, Summer Kuo, Lin Shu-yuan and Nell Shen)