It’s hard to know when or how things will click back into place for Ricky Romero. After pitching one of his better performances on seven days earlier this season, Toronto hoped giving Romero some extra time this go-around would have the same result. Unfortunately, Romero was nowhere as effective on Wednesday night as the Blue Jays were hoping for.
The first inning was a solid start for Romero, even though he gave up a sharp single to Kyle Seager. Seager, it should be noted, is 14 for 29 in eight games against Toronto this season. Romero’s second inning was shakier as he gave up three consecutive hits, kicked off by a solo shot to left by Miguel Olivo. With two on, Romero managed to get a strikeout and a fly ball to left to end the inning without another run scoring.
Seattle’s third inning started with Romero walking Frank Gutierrez, then giving up another hit to Seager. Toronto’s defense managed to turn a double play before Romero gave up another walk. He managed to escape again without letting the Mariners score with two men on base. Romero wasn’t so lucky in the fourth, as with two out Romero gave up a walk, a ground-rule double, followed by a single to right that score both runners. Moises Sierra made a strong throw to the plate, but J.P. Arencibia’s attempt to dive at and tag Dustin Ackley while he came home prevented him from adjusting when Ackley veered off course to be able to slide into home. The Mariners score two in the inning, including the eventual winning run.
After giving up another lead-off walk followed by a single Romero was lifted for Steve Delabar. With runners on first and second, Delabar struck out Olivo before walking Mike Carp to load the bases. Delabar struck out the next two batters to end the inning, and also ended one of Seattle best chances to score the entire game. Delabar, Brandon Lyon, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen combined for five shutout innings to finish the game.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 39th homerun of the year of Seattle starter Kevin Millwood in the fourth inning, bringing the Jays within a run. Colby Rasmus walked to become the Jays’ first base runner of the night right before Encarnacion went deep. Encarnacion has now set a career high in homeruns and runs batted in and is one RBI away from 100.
Henderson Alvarez will be in tough tomorrow night to close out the three game set against the Mariners. He’ll be facing his idol, Felix Hernandez, while trying to salvage a win for Toronto.
Game time is set for 7:07 p.m.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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