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Taiwanese baseballers notch up memorable major league wins

2012/06/13 17:57:31

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwanese pitchers Chien-Ming Wang and Wei-Yin Chen both won their starting matches Tuesday in Toronto and Baltimore, respectively, bringing back fond memories for Taiwanese fans.

The pair re-staged a similar scene from five years ago when Wang, who at the time was pitching for the New York Yankees, and fellow player Hong-Chih Kuo, who was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, also won in separate starts.

Wang, who currently plays for the Washington Nationals, yielded two runs over five innings but won the game with the help of the Nationals' batting line-up and its strong bullpen. The Nationals defeated the Blue Jays 4-2 on three homers and four relievers, helping Wang to secure his second win of the season.

The victory also marked Wang's first win as a starter since returning to the major league following a hamstring injury he received in spring training.

Due to his unstable command and his trademark sinker that failed to fall in the right place, Wang walked five and allowed one two-run homer. However, he also struck out his season-highest of five.

It was simply "amazing" that Wang won the game considering his less than stellar performance, said Yang Chin-lung, a Taiwanese baseball commentator. "Wang's sinkers flew around. They were like wild horses that even he could not rein in," said Yang.

Wang threw 95 pitches, with 48 strikes, which indicated that his control was not ideal, Yang added.

Also that day, Chen of the Baltimore Orioles bagged his sixth victory of his first major league season when the Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6.

"With this line-up, I had an easy time pitching," the MLB rookie said. The Orioles scored on 15 hits, including three homeruns.

However, Chen left two runners on the bases before leaving the mound in the seventh, allowing the Pirates to add two more runs. "I feel that I might have let the manager down a bit," Chen said.

The 26-year-old Chen also said he still needs to improve his handling of the first inning, in which he threw 24 pitches and gave up a run to the Pirates.

Chen has remained undefeated on his home turf, winning three of five starts at Orioles Park.

(By Lung Bo-an, Lin Hung-han and Kendra Lin)