Romero Knocks Them Out
There are games where a pitcher is so focused on the task at hand, they become virtually unhittable. Starts where pitchers just plow through the opposing lineups as if they are facing a little league team. Instances where hitter after hitter just saunters back to the dugout shaking their head thinking “how am I going to figure this guy out?”
Over the years, the Blue Jays have been on the receiving end of numerous starts like that, but tonight it was their teammate who was completely dialed in.
In arguably the best start of his young career, Ricky Romero spun a gem of a performance. Just one hit, and twelve strikeouts against the Chicago White Sox.
All but two of Romero’s twelve punchouts on the night were swinging strikes, and he finished off seven of those ten swinging strikeouts with his changeup.
Maybe even more impressive, was Ricky’s control of the count throughout the game. On only two occasions did he ever let the count get to three balls. In fact, Romero kept the ball in the infield for the first seven innings.
Like the drama queen he is, A.J. Pierzynski sold a hit by pitch to the foot which eventually lead to the two-run home run from Alex Rios, but in no way whatsoever did that blemish ruin what would be one of Ricky Romero’s finest performances.
Is this a sign of things to come for Ricky Romero? All I can say is … don’t call it a comeback. He’s going to be here for years.