Central News Agency
2014-03-07 10:57 AM
The 33-year-old pitched three innings, struck out five but yielded four hits -- all of them in the fifth, including a homer by slugger Pablo Sandoval.
He has yielded four runs (three earned) in five innings pitched in two pre-season games so far, allowing a total of nine hits while striking out seven.
In Thursday's game, Wang took the mound in the bottom of the fourth and induced one fly-out and two ground-outs with just three pitches.
He got into trouble in the fifth, with Sandoval hitting a lead-off solo homerun on full count.
Roger Kieschnick reached first off an error of the second baseman and scored on a double by Juan Perez.
Wang struck out the next hitter Brandon Hicks before allowing the third run on consecutive hits by Ehire Adrianza and Angel Pagan.
He finished the inning by striking out Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt.
Wang pitched a hitless sixth, inducing a ground-out from Buster Posey and striking out Chris Dominguez and Kieschnick.
The Reds scored a run each in the sixth and the ninth innings.
Wang signed a minor league contract with the Reds in December. The terms of the contract includes an invitation for him to attend the club's spring training in Arizona.
The Reds is Wang's fourth employer in the Major Leagues in 14 years. He has had his best seasons so far in 2006 and 2007, when he racked up 19 wins each for the New York Yankees.
Since then, he has won only 16 games in 54 starts due to injuries to his right foot and right shoulder and surgeries to repair those damages.
Wang is trying to make a comeback in the Major Leagues after shaky outings for the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays between 2010 and 2013.
He was released by the Yankees in late 2009 and missed the entire 2010 season as he was recovering from his shoulder injury.
The 2014 MLB regular season will open March 31.
(By Oscar Wu and Jay Chen)