Baltimore, May 26 (CNA) Despite a quality start, Taiwanese major league pitcher Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles went six innings with no-decision Saturday against the Kansas City Royals because of a lackluster relief appearance.
Chen gave up two runs on six hits, struck out five and had given the team a 3-2 lead when he walked off the mound. But the Orioles relievers, Darren O'Day and Pedro Strop, blew Chen's win by allowing game-tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Royals posted a comeback 4-3 victory.
Chen said that his slugging percentage was higher in the first few innings since some of his pitches were not stable. Nevertheless, he still managed to throw 64 of his 99 pitches for strikes,
Even though the team has a strong bullpen line-up this season, the Kaohsiung native said it is not possible for relievers to secure his victory every time. The 26-year-old, whose ERA has improved to 3.31, said he was not blaming anyone but would prefer to focus on his own responsibilities.
The 4-1 Chen is behind only Jason Hammel's six wins among the Orioles' starters.
"He gave us a great chance to win. I can't fault him in any form or fashion," Orioles' manager Buck Showalter was quoted as saying on masnsports.com.
"You can always pick something apart if you want to be that picky, but I'll say again, pitching in the major leagues is hard. Sometimes we think you can will things to happen, and this happened yesterday, so it should happen again today. I was proud of him. I thought he pitched well," he said.
(By Chou Yung-chieh, Summer Kuo, Lin Hung-han and Nell Shen)