The Chicago White Sox had game one of their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles under control on Monday night, but things turned sour very quickly when the bullpen got hit hard. The Sox took a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning, but a home run parade by Baltimore moved the game to extra innings and eventually turned into 10-4 Orioles win. On Tuesday, John Danks takes the mound for a 7:10 CT start at the Cell and he will try to stop the first losing streak the Sox have suffered in the young MLB season.
The Orioles bats have been hot, but the most interesting storyline of Monday's game is Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen, a left-handed pitched from Taiwan who his making the second major league start of his career. Here is a bit of a primer on Chen from South Side Sox:
Wei-Yin Chen (can't wait to hear Bill Melton talk about him) is a new import from the NPB. The Taiwanese southpaw had Tommy John surgery when he was 21 (he's 26 now). He had a 1.54 ERA in 2009, which was the lowest in the NPB since 1968. He appears to have a low-90s four seamer, a slider, a curveball, and a changeup. Here's a link to his stats from across the pond. Best of luck with it.
Here is the key information for today's game.
Date / Time: 7:10 PM CT, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
Starting Pitchers: Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. John Danks (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Radio: AM 670 The Score