OAKLAND, Calif. — The majority of Wei-Yin Chen's Orioles career has been watching his team's offense take a breather whenever he pitches.
The lack of offensive support has been well-documented – in 20 of his last 29 starts the Orioles scored three runs or fewer while he has been in the game.
On Friday night, Chen didn't leave things to chance in a 3-0 Orioles' victory over the Oakland A's.
OK, so he did leave the ninth to closer Jim Johnson, who picked up his ninth save of the season. But otherwise, in front of an announced crowd of 16,944, it was all the Taiwanese lefty.
Chen (2-2) was nothing short of dominating, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five in a career-best eight innings. He threw 106 pitches, 68 of them for strikes, in what arguably was his best outing in the big leagues. The A's barely hit a ball hard off him all night.