SARASOTA, Fla. -- Making his first
start in more than two weeks, Orioles left-hander
allowed seven runs – six earned – in 3 1/3 innings in the Orioles’ 13-4 loss to the
Saturday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
Chen couldn’t escape a five-run fourth inning that included Phillies second baseman
"I felt OK today, but I felt delivery-wise, they got my timing really well and most of my pitches were up in the zone," Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin.
Chen hadn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 8, with his past two outings coming in minor league games.
"It is different because once youre in minor league [games], you can work on every pitch you want down there," Chen said. "But here once you make a mistake you have to pay for it."
The Phillies combined for five homers on the afternoon -- three of them off Chen – with the wind blowing out at Ed Smith as
Chen didn't want to use the wind or not having pitched in a major league game for a long times as excuses.
"If I said yes that would be an excuse," Chen said. "I wont say anything because I think the most important I can get out of here is to get my timing, got your delivery back. Everything was work. Today I just didn't get the job done."
Chen will likely get his next start in a minor league game, likely on Thursday.