Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Today We Spell Redemption R-O-M-E-R-O
By Ian Hunter
Romero successfully exercised those demons and made that start on July 3rd virtually disappear. Lost among the eight runs put up by the Blue Jays was a gem of a start from Ricky Romero.
A two-hit complete game victory against the best team in baseball ... not too shabby from a guy who got pulled in the third inning of his last start against the Yankees.
RR Cool Jay wasn't exactly mowing down the Yankee hitters with strikeout after after strikeout, but he kept them in check predominantly with his curveball. His changeup is typically his strikeout pitch, but last night Romero used his curveball to set up the count and work his way back when behind in the count.
He gave up two hits, albeit one very loud hit in the form of a two run home run from Mark Teixeira, but that was pretty much it aside from the infield single off the bat of Marcus Thames.
As magical as Ricky Romero was, he couldn't have walked away with the victory unless his teammates didn't give him some run support. The Blue Jays quickly battled back and it seemed like within a blink of an eye, Toronto was back on top 4-2.
That was all they needed, but then the Jays added a little insult to injury in the form of home runs from Vernon Wells, Adam Lind, and Jose Bautista's 33rd bomb of the season.
Who's on first? It's Adam Lind with his big boy glove!
I have to say ... I was pleasantly surprised with the play of Adam Lind at first base. He didn't need to make any gold glove calibre catches or anything like that, but defensively he looked very solid at first base.
I mentioned during The Score liveblog that first base is a pretty thankless position to play. A great defensive first baseman like Lyle Overbay has the ability to make things look effortless, and even if Lind turns out to be an average fielder, I think we'll sorely miss the glove of Lyle Overbay.