Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Wang Wins 3rd in a Row....

The month of May has been good to Wang: 4 starts - 3 wins and 1 no decision, along with a 2.67 ERA. Wed's game vs. the Rangers was no exception. Wang went 8 innings, giving up 3 runs - 2 earned on 6 hits to win his 4th game on the season. Again, Wang pitched well through the first 7 innings, although some defensive miscues did cost Wang a run in the 4th. In the 8th, Wang began to fatigue as he gave up a double and then a HR before finishing the inning by getting 2 more ground outs. Rivera closed out the game for Wang in the 9th and the Yanks won a close game 4-3, one night after staging a huge comeback in a wild shootout 14-13.

Game Recap

In an article written recently on Wang, there is an interesting quote from Wang: " I don't think of myself really as a star. I'm just a pitcher. There are a lot of better ballplayers back in Taiwan."
Wow, Wang is being super modest here, but I can't think of one single ball player still in Taiwan who has the cajones or talent to match Wang. I wonder who Wang was referring to (maybe Chin-Feng Chen)?
Despite all the hype that Chin-Hui Tsao and Hong-Chih Kuo received, Wang has quietly become the best pitcher in all of Taiwan. With all 3 suffering serious injuries at some point in their careers, it is refreshing to see Wang and Kuo - to a lesser extent, do well.
Mariner scout Jamey Storvick was right on the money about Wang when he wrote this article 6 years ago.

In the minors, Hu got the night off for Jacksonville.

Another rare hitless night for Chen in A+ ball. Chen was 0-4, but did manage to steal his 15th base on the season. Box

Lo took his 1st loss of the season for Modesto. Lo pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 10 hits - 1 HR, 6 runs - all earned, with 3 walks and one K. Box

Wu went 0-2 in a rain shortened game. Playing catcher, Wu also allowed 3 stolen bases. Box

Updated 5-17-06

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