Manager Ned Yost, however, expressed appreciation for both pitchers in their first outings of the Cactus League season.
"I thought Hoch's stuff was dynamic; he struggled with command, which is pretty consistent most of the time for the first outing of the spring," Yost said. "I thought Bruce was extremely sharp. I was happy with what I saw out of both of them."
Hochevar started and, like Chen, threw to backup catcher George Kottaras. His control problems came with his two-seam fastball.
"I was pleased with my four-seam command, I was pleased with my curveball and I mixed in four or five changeups," Hochevar said. "That was really the first time that I threw my two-seamer quite a bit … and it was sinking below the zone, but it was the action I wanted. That was the pitch I fell behind with a little bit and that I wasn't commanding that much, but that's a feel pitch, and that'll come."
Chen, though, said he had command of all his pitches. He used 28 pitches, 10 fewer than Hochevar.
"I felt George did a really good job for the first time catching me in a game and calling the game," Chen said. "I worked very hard in the offseason, and I wanted to make sure that I came here to camp and help this team in any way I could. I think I made some adjustments; I think me, Dave [Eiland, pitching coach] and all the coaches have been working on getting the ball down, and I think it's working."