In his second outing of the spring, Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen struggled occasionally with his command Friday night, but overall he continued his progression for the regular season.
Starting in a 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chen allowed one hit and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out four. He threw 54 pitches, 33 strikes, hitting between 89 and 91 mph on his fastball, 73 to 75 on his curve and 79 to 82 on his slider – just slightly below his in-season marks.
“I felt good on my four-seamer and two-seamer [fastballs] today and it's OK on my changeup. I'm still working on my slider because it's not there, yet,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “My slider was off today; it's always high. It makes me behind [in] the count all the time, so I should work on that.”
The Pirates scored a run on Chen in the first that was set up on an error by catcher Jose Gil. The second run scored when reliever Tommy Hunter allowed a RBI single to Pedro Alvarez after Chen left the game in the third.
“I’m definitely on my schedule right now. Spring training is just about like adjustments, so I'm still working on that,” said Chen, who was 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts as a rookie last year. “There are a lot of things I need to adjust. … I feel it is going to be a good year for me.”
The Orioles, who are 9-2-1 in Grapefruit League games, scored three runs in the fourth for a lead they never relinquished. Jason Pridie and Trayvon Robinson had RBI singles and Travis Ishikawa had a RBI double.
Lew Ford later added his first home run of the spring.