Wei-Yin Chen, speaking through his interpreter, said he wasn’t thinking about his chances of winning today’s game despite leaving after six innings with a 3-2 lead.
“In the game, I don’t think that much,” he said. “I just want to keep pitching and help the team to win.
“I feel like, compared with the last outing, I feel like I improved today. But I still have a lot of room to improve.”
Asked what he did differently today, Chen replied, “I just keep with my delivery and nothing really changed. (But) I feel my timing is better this time.”
The game time temperature was 87 degrees, the type of heat that made Koji Uehara wilt in some games.
“That bothered me a little bit,” Chen said, “but this is a thing I need to deal with because I sweat a lot.”
Down at Double-A Bowie, Zach Britton gave up two unearned runs and three hits in five innings, with two walks, six strikeouts, a wild pitch and a hit batter. He threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Endy Chavez went 1-for-5 with two runs scored, and Mark Reynolds finished 1-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts and a fielding error.