Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wang Wins #9!

Chien-Ming Wang bounced back from his defeat to the Indians to give one of his best performances of the year. He almost pitched a complete game against the Devil Rays, before fatiguing and giving way to reliever Farnsworth in the 9th inning. In his 8.1 innings, Wang gave up 6 hits, 1 run, with 2 walks and 2 K's. Prior to the 9th inning, Wang was pitching a shutout with only 4 hits given up to the top of the D-Rays order. Opposing pitcher Scott Kazmir looked just as dominant, K'ing 7 in 6.1 innings, before the Yanks got to him in the 6th and 7th innings. 9 wins before the All-Star break is quite an accomplishment. If Wang and the Yanks stay hot in the second half of the season, 20 wins is a possibility. Box/Recap

Not too much to report tonight. In the GCL, the Phillies lost to the Braves 7-0. Y.F. Lin pitched 1 inning, giving up 2 hits, a run, with a walk and one K. Box

You can follow how Po-Yu Lin and Chu are doing here.

Amateur News:
The US won it's 4th consecutive game against Taiwan's national team. The US won 3-0 with dominant pitching - allowing only 3 base hits. For Taiwan, Ming-I Wu continues to impress by going 1-2 with a double and 2 walks. Box/PlaybyPlay Recap

More on Recent Signees Hong and Tseng:
The Braves are comparing Hong to a young Chien-Ming Wang, with a similar rubber arm for his age. The organization plans to have Hong play in Australia this summer and then return back to the US for the Fall Instructional League.

Per the Indians MLB site, Indians scouting director John Mirabelli is pretty high on Tseng, comparing him to Tom Gordon and likening his status to a second or third round draft choice. "He can hit 95 and throws consistently between 90 and 93. He also throws a split and a slider." The organization plans to develop Tseng as a starter, but hasn't ruled him out in the bullpen. Cleveland will allow Tseng to complete his NT obligations and finish with the FISU World University Championships in August. Tseng will then report to Winter Haven, FL for the Fall Instructional League in September. Tseng would then possibly start next year at A+ ball with the Kinston Indians.

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