SARASOTA, Fla. – For the second time this spring,
Chen has made just two
On Monday, he pitched five innings against a
“I tried my best,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin. “But these minor leaguers swing at every pitch I throw, so it messes up my tempo a little bit. … It doesn’t matter whether I pitch in minor league
In five innings of work, Chen allowed three runs – two earned – on five hits, striking out one, walking two and hitting a batter. He threw a spring-high 78 pitches, 53 of them strikes.
Chen was hurt by three errors and he also had two baserunners picked off first base before the rundowns were botched.
"I wouldn't complain about the defense because in the major leagues you always have errors behind you, so I wanted to work on my stuff," Chen said.
With Showalter, executive vice president Dan Duquette and pitching coach Rick Adair watching, Chen concentrated on locating his four-seam and two-seam fastballs along both sides of the plate.
Chen allowed three singles, include a two-out RBI single, in his final inning of work, with his fastball sitting at 87 on the backstop radar guns.