Maybe a few things were lost in translation today, but Wei-Yin Chen, in talking about Henry Blanco’s homer this afternoon, said he threw the ball where he wanted on that 0-2 pitch, but later said he threw it in a dangerous spot.
Either way, Blanco - the Mariners’ No. 9 hitter - put a key swing on that pitch in the seventh for a two-run homer in Seattle’s 3-2 win over the Orioles.
“Blanco swung the bat really well,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “That is the spot I wanted to attack. I threw the ball right on the spot, and he still swung the bat well and hit a home run. I am very disappointed I couldn’t help the team get a win today.
“That is a really dangerous zone for Blanco, inside fastball. He is just swinging the bat really well. I think I could do a better job with pitch selection next time.
“This is part of baseball. They swung really well today. I tried to do my job, and this is how it is. It is part of baseball. You can say nothing.”
Chen fell to 6-4 with an ERA of 2.95, allowing three runs over seven innings. This is Chen’s first career loss when he pitches seven or more. He is now 10-1 over 14 such outings.
“It is frustrating today because so many fans showed up to support us,” Chen said. “Now we have to go to the West Coast and take a win from them.”
Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 but was asked what made Joe Saunders so tough when he had men on base. The Orioles went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the first five innings against Saunders.
“He battled,” Markakis said. “The biggest thing he had going for him today was he was keeping the ball down in the zone, changing speeds and hitting his spots when he needed to.
“We have to put this behind us. We have a long road trip ahead of us. We have a lot of baseball left. This is a big road trip for us.”
Adam Jones was asked if this was a disappointing homestand, in which the O’s lost two of three series and five of nine games.
“It’s not disappointing,” Jones said. “The guys on the other side show up ready to play too. Very talented team on the other side of the field, and they beat us.
“We hit the ball hard today. We created opportunities, and we hit the ball hard right at them with men in scoring position. Look at the positive of it.
“We show up ready to play, and we can’t win every one. Going to lose some. No (whining) or crying about it. That is how this clubhouse handles it.”
IronBirds All-Stars: The New York-Penn League announced the selections for its 2013 All-Star Game today. Four players from the Aberdeen IronBirds were selected to the American League team, including three starters. For the IronBirds, first baseman Trey Mancini, catcher Austin Wynns and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will start in the field while right-handed pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis will pitch out of the bullpen.