If it were possible for an MLB pitcher to pitch every game, I'd want Chen to be that guy for the Orioles. Since coming off the DL list, Chen has won three straight games including Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Houston Astros. Chen pitched a career high 116 pitches in the win and wasn't replaced until the eighth inning.
"To be honest with you, I'm a little tired right now. This was the first time I threw that many [pitches] in the U.S., but I definitely felt really strong and really good," Chen said when asked about his successful night.
He may not have pitched so many pitches before, but he could've fooled me. He looked poised and strong on the mound. The Astros sent batter after batter to the plate, but Chen just sent them right back to the dugout. In his career high game, Chen recorded 9 strikeouts, just three short of his career high of 12 set back in 2012 against Oakland.
On the offensive side of things, Chris Davis got all the attention. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Davis took a chance on a 3-1 fastball and hit it out of the park for his 38th homer of the season. The homer was his first since the All-Star break, breaking a 10-game hitting slump, one that was horribly over exaggerated.
With the win, the Orioles keep their spot in third place in the AL East. Tampa Bay, the top team in the AL East, beat Boston to remain in first place by half a game. The Orioles are five games behind the conference leaders. They look to close the gap with another game against the Astros tonight, July 31st, at 7:05.