Jays Watch: No breaks for Romero
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
It was two starts, two losses for No. 1 starter Ricky Romero on the Blue Jays seven-game road trip. Last Saturday in Baltimore, Romero lost 5-3 due to a sixth-inning grand slam by the O’s Mark Reynolds.
On Thursday against the Royals he lost due to a three-run third on a hit batter, a nubber that stopped halfway down the third base line, and two soft liners over second, both hits jam shots that fell in for singles.
“I made pitches and hit my spots every time that inning,” Romero said. “That’s baseball. When it’s not going our way it’s not going your way and that was the case today.”
Anything he’d like to take back in the inning?
“Not at all, not at all,” he replied. “I felt like I made the pitches. If anything, being 2-2 on (Mark) Treanor and hitting him, obviously I’m not trying to do that. Other than that I made pitches when I had to.”
The Blue Jays didn’t steal any bases in Thursday’s finale against the Kansas City Royals but on the season they have already eclipsed their total for all of 2010. Last season, the Jays totalled 58 stolen bases, topped by the 17 from outfielder Fred Lewis. This season they have 59, which puts them in third place in the American League, four back of the 63 stolen by the surprising Texas Rangers. Leading the charge for the Jays is CF Rajai Davis who has 18 stolen bases.
On the down side, the Jays have also been caught stealing 25 times which is the second highest total in the league, topped only by the White Sox, who have been caught 28 times.
In the fourth inning Thursday, catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a ball off the wall in the left field corner that caromed back towards centre. Arencibia collected two RBIs on the hit and came all the way around to third for a standup triple. It was his third triple of the season. Being a catcher and all, Arencibia is velocity challenged and in his four years in the minor leagues he totalled just three triples.