Taiwanese pitchers Wang Chien-ming (王建民) and Chen Wei-yin (陳偉殷) both won their games on Tuesday in Toronto and Baltimore respectively, bringing back fond memories for Taiwanese fans.
The pair re-staged a similar scene from five years ago when Wang, who was pitching for the New York Yankees, and Kuo Hong-chih (郭泓志), pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, also won their starts on the same day.
Wang, who currently plays for the Washington Nationals, yielded two runs over five innings, but won the game with the help of the Nationals’ lineup and their strong bullpen. The Nationals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on three homers and four relievers, helping Wang to secure his second win of the season.
The victory also marked Wang’s first win as a starter since returning to the major leagues following a hamstring injury he picked up in spring training.
Because of his unstable command and his trademark sinker that failed to land in the right place, Wang walked five and allowed a two-run homer, but also struck out a season-high five.
It was simply “amazing” that Wang won the game considering his less-than-stellar performance, Taiwanese baseball commentator Charles Yang (楊清瓏) said.
“Wang’s sinkers flew around. They were like wild horses that even he could not rein in,” Yang said.
Wang threw 95 pitches, with 48 strikes, which indicated that his control was not ideal, Yang added.
Meanwhile, Chen, of the Baltimore Orioles, bagged his sixth victory of his first major league season when the Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6.
“With this lineup, I had an easy time pitching,” the rookie said.
The Orioles scored on 15 hits, including three homers. However, Chen left two runners on bases before leaving the mound in the seventh inning, allowing the Pirates to add two more runs.
“I feel that I might have let the manager down a bit,” Chen said.
The 26-year-old also said he still needs to improve his handling of the first inning, in which he threw 24 pitches and gave up a run to the Pirates.
Chen has remained undefeated on his home turf, winning three of five starts at Orioles Park.