Ricky Romero tosses stinker for Blue Jays against Tigers

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero pitches against the Tigers during Grapefruit League action in...

Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero pitches against the Tigers during Grapefruit League action in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

LAKELAND, FLA. - It was do or die for Ricky Romero.

Following Tuesday’s outing against the Detroit Tigers it’s close to being R.I.P.

At Joker Marchant Stadium against a Tigers split squad, the Romero dream took a sharp turn straight downhill.

Romero entered the day with high hopes and a spring in his step following some positive outings and glowing reports from both manager John Gibbons and pitching coach Pete Walker.

However, on a sunny afternoon, Romero was dreadful.

Following a three-batter first inning that included a double play grounder Romero’s outing went down the drain.

In the second with one out he hit Alex Avila and light-hitting Austin Jackson followed with a two-run homer to right that was aided by a strong breeze blowing in that direction.

He picked off Don Kelly after walking him and then got a ground ball to end the inning.

The third was simply ugly.

Hernan Perez hit a leadoff triple.


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