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Wen-Yin Chen hit hard in failed bid for 11th win

2012/08/10 18:08:57

Baltimore, Aug. 9 (CNA) Baltimore Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen allowed a season-high seven runs in only 4 2/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals Thursday and picked up his seventh loss of the season.

The Taiwanese pitcher, whose record fell to 10-7 after the Orioles' 8-2 loss, admitted that he "didn't really have good command today."

Chen said he thought too much on the mound and simply didn't get the job done.

"I hope I will perform better in the next game," said the 26-year-old, who is in his first season in the American major leagues.

He previously pitched professionally in Japan, and was one of the Chunichi Dragons' top starters over the past four years.

Despite the loss, Orioles manager Buck Showalter voiced his support for Chen, saying "he's performed at a very high level for us."

He praised Chen as a very competitive player and expressed confidence that Chen will soon be back to his normal self.

Chen, the fifth Taiwanese pitcher ever to play in the major leagues, is emerging as a star for the Orioles and helping them contend for the team's first playoff berth since 1997.

He set a major league record for most strikeouts in a game by a Taiwan-born pitcher when striking out 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings against the Oakland Athletics last month.

He also became the first Oriole pitcher in club history to strike out 10 or more in less than six innings.

The Orioles gave away 10,000 t-shirts with Chen's name written in Chinese characters at Thursday's game, where hundreds of Taiwanese fans were present to cheer him on.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Y.F. Low)