CHICAGO – Surgery derailed Tsuyoshi Wada’s hopes of pitching for Baltimore, but on Sunday the lefty showed the Orioles what he can do over 6⅓ innings in a 2-1 win for the Chicago Cubs.
The 33-year-old Wada (4-1) did not allow a hit through six innings. Before 32,774 at Wrigley Field, he gave up one run on one hit, Steve Pearce’s leadoff home run in the seventh. Wada walked one and struck out eight — his highest figure so far in his eight-game major league career. Former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks ace Wada was signed by the Orioles to a two-year deal, but Tommy John surgery saw his deal end without ever pitching for the Orioles.
“I knew a lot of the players on their team, and I feel I let people down by not being able to be a factor on the team,” Wada said. “I tried to be the player who they thought they acquired. I tried to prove that the player they felt they got was what I did today.
“My fastball was really good today. It will be great if I can keep pitching like this.”
The Cubs, who completed a three-game sweep of the American League East-leading Orioles, scored off Miguel Gonzalez (6-7) on a fifth-inning homer by Arismendy Alcantara and a sixth-inning RBI double by Anthony Rizzo. Wada had given up a few hard-hit balls before Pearce’s homer trimmed the Cubs’ lead to 2-1.
“I was thinking I would give up a hit sooner or later,” Wada said. “When he (Pearce) hit it, I was thinking, ‘Yep, that figures.’ “
Pearce had given Wada a preview when he drove Wada’s first pitch of the inning out of the park, but just foul. Pearce’s homer proved to be the Orioles’ only hit as three Cubs relievers protected the one-run lead over the final 2⅓ innings.
“He was throwing everything he had for a strike,” Pearce said. “He kept us off balance.”
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