BALTIMORE — The Wei-Yin Chen trends continue. When Chen, the Taiwanese lefty, takes the mound for the Baltimore Orioles, two things are almost certain to happen: His offense can’t score, and he cruises initially before giving up late runs.
The Orioles (65-56) were coming off a 4-4 interleague road trip that included three consecutive walk-off losses.
Chen did Friday what he has done for much of the season; he handled the opposition easily early and then cracked as his pitch count and the night progressed.
“I feel really good today in the early on, especially, I could attack both sides of the plate,” Chen said through an interpreter. “In the late innings, I felt like I couldn’t control the ball in or out. So this is the thing I have to learn.”
Allowing just one hit through four innings, Chen yielded a run in the fifth on a RBI single by Nolan Arenado before giving up a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He has permitted eight homers this season; four have come in the sixth and seventh innings. Of the 34 runs Chen has allowed this year, 17 have come after the fifth.
The Orioles have scored just 54 runs in Chen’s last 22 starts dating from 2012 — an anemic 2.45 runs a game. They kept it going Friday, getting just three runs against Colorado’s Juan Nicasio (7-6) and three relievers.
The Orioles scored first. Nate McLouth led off the first by hitting Juan Nicasio’s third pitch over the right-center wall for his eighth homer of the season. McLouth has 12 career leadoff homers, including two this year.
— Baltimore Sun