Thursday, 16 June 2011
Ricky Romero, ladies and gents
So that was Ricky. I don't think I need to explain that he was really, really good last night for 8 innings. It's kind of a shame that he had to walk the two guys to start the 9th and make things about as interesting as they could have been. “A bit of excitement, adrenaline and I wasn’t able to slow myself down anymore. I kind of got out of my game a little bit. It’s frustrating not getting it done but I’m glad Frankie came and did his job.”
Easy Zaun-head for the guy, going 8+ innings, striking out a career-high tying 12, walking 4, allowing 1 run (inherited run by Frank), throwing a fairly efficient 114 pitches. To the naked eye, it just seemed like, before the 9th inning at least, he was just getting up there, throwing strikes 1 and 2, and finishing guys off. His best outing of the year was against Minnesota 3 weeks ago, but this one was right there.
Yunel Escobar, Adam Lind, and Juan Rivera all hit homeruns, and were all on base 3 of 4 times. Lind raised his batting average to .337, and is probably the hottest hitter in baseball right now. He's got himself a sexy little .333/.387/.614 slash line. That says something, since Jose Bautista, this season's best hitter to this point, has a .333/.489/.686 line on the year, even after struggling so hard in his last 15 games.
John Lott reports that John Mcdonald should be back this weekend. He's got a rehab start in A-ball tonight and another tomorrow, and should be ready to go Saturday.
Remember yesterday when I mentioned that thing about Jays' 1st Rounder Tyler Beede having a verbal agreement with the Jays before the draft? AA didn't like that, and according to a tweet to Dustin Parkes from Getting Blanked from Beede's dad, neither did the Beede's.
Zach Stewart makes his MLB debut today, and in an early game to boot. Good Luck Kid. SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.