Wei-Yin Chen probably would have completed seven innings on Tuesday night if it hadn’t been for a 48-minute rain delay that ended his night with one out (and one on) in the seventh.
He pitched well enough to get a win – nine hits, no walks two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings – but Alex Gordon’s two-run homer against Brian Matusz tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh.
Perhaps more important than the personal ‘W’ is that Chen (3.40 ERA) bounced back from a rough outing on Wednesday in Seattle in which he gave up five earned runs in four innings.
He was pretty livid after that game. He wouldn’t say that he was much happier today, but you could see it in his demeanor.
“It’s not about if I was feeling happy or not happy,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “I just want to keep helping the team, do my job, keep my team in the ballgame. And keep winning the ballgame.”
You have to love that attitude. And, believe me, Orioles manager Buck Showalter does love that attitude.
“He’s a competitive young man,” Showalter said. “He’s a good teammate, he interacts great with everybody. He competes. He’s a fan of his teammates. He’s a guy that’s very easy to pull for.”