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Orioles Dealt Ninth Straight Loss Thanks To Wei-Yin Chen

June 16, 2018
BALTIMORE -- For the second time during Buck Showalter's tenure as Orioles manager, the team is suffering through a nine-game losing streak. To make it even worse, the team that once loved playing at home has equaled the record for most consecutive home defeats -- 11.

The latest loss, 5-4 to the Miami Marlins on June 16, was somewhat ironic because the winning pitcher was Wei-Yin Chen, one of the most successful pitchers for the Orioles from 2012-15.

In Chen's four years with the Orioles, he was 46-32 with a 3.71 ERA. Since leaving the Orioles for Miami, he's won just nine games.

The Taiwanese left-hander was pitching in Japan when the Orioles signed the relative unknown to a three-year contract for $11.3 million plus a $4.75 million option for 2015.

He left the Orioles to sign a five-year, $80 million contract with the Marlins.

Chen's Orioles' deal is one of the best negotiated by Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette.

"A great sign by Dan and the organization," manager Buck Showalter said. "This guy won a lot of games for us, pitched well, was part of a lot of things that changed here."

During Chen's four years, the Orioles won the American League wild-card game in 2012 and captured the American League East title in 2014.

"I'm real proud of how good a job the organization did in making his path easy and how quickly he fit in," Showalter said. "Everybody embraced him. All the things that were easy to like about him: he was athletic, competitive guy. He wanted to make his mark here for his country. There was a lot of pressure on him. ... A real pleasure to manage."

Chen allowed three runs on six hits in six innings June 16. His record is 2-3 with a 5.91 ERA.

Four of the 10 batters to face Chen were teammates: center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop Manny Machado, third baseman Danny Valencia and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. They were a combined 5-for-11 against Chen. Schoop hit his seventh home run of the season against him in the sixth inning.

Schoop said Chen was reminiscent of the pitcher he played behind.

"Yes, a little bit," Schoop said. "Throws in, uses his changeup and his curveball. I don't remember much, but it's kind of been the same. We put pressure on him but couldn't get a win."

Because of the interleague schedule, the Orioles play the Marlins only every three years, and it was the first time Chen pitched here as a visitor.

"It was kind of a strange feeling because I used to play here as a home team player, and now was the first time I played here [with the] visiting team," Chen said through a translator.

"Their lineup has some of my old teammates out there, so it kind of felt strange and unique, but I tried to not let the emotions get to me, and focused on pitching today."

During Chen's time with the Orioles, he had one serious injury, a right oblique strain that cost him nearly two months, which contributed to the team missing the postseason in 2013.

In his three years with the Marlins, he hasn't been nearly as healthy. A sprained left elbow put him on the sidelines for about two months in 2016, and last year was limited to just nine appearances due to left arm fatigue and left elbow discomfort.

Chen left after 94 pitches, equaling a season-high.

"I'm sure he and [Miami manager Don Mattingly] are being careful about coming back from some of the challenges he's had medically," Showalter said.