Wei-Yin Chen’s major league debut started out terrible and ended unfortunately.
In the middle, the 26-year-old Taiwanese lefty was fantastic.
His debut started badly when he gave up a leadoff homer to Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher followed with a long double. Two batters later, Chen plunked Alex Rodriguez.
But then Chen settled down and retired 12 in a row.
He didn’t allow another run until the sixth. He loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, then Andruw Jones hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. Russell Martin then hit a routine grounder to third, but Mark Reynolds, who we all know has had his troubles there, couldn’t handle it.
The ball bounced off his chest, and Mark Teixeira scored. Brett Gardner followed with a RBI single to tie the game at 4.
Chen was pulled from the game and received a standing ovation from some in the announced crowd of 24,659 – those not wearing pinstripes.
His final line: 5 2/3 innings pitched, seven hits, four runs, two earned, one walk, six strikeouts and one hit batter.
Chen’s fastball was in the 90-92 mph range, and his slider was ridiculously nasty at times.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun