Okay, so 161-1 may be out of the question, but 159-3 isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. Since we last spoke (37 hours of work in the past three days is my excuse for the hiatus this time), Alex Rios and the White Sox have rolled in and taken two of three, barely escaping being no-hit by Ricky “One Day I’ll Be Perfect” Romero in the middle game. Romero’s one-hit gem was sandwiched by a Jason Frasor blown save in the opener and a laugher in front of the smallest crowd in Rogers Centre history last night — a spirited group of 10,610.
First off, the opener: The Jays’ 5-1 start salvaged a sell-out crowd — one that tossed a surprisingly low number of paper planes on the field and that collectively decided not to test my tackling prowess, despite a tip from a buddy of mine on the Grounds Crew that a fat friend of a friend was planning to put me to work. All in all, a relatively tame night by idiot Jays fans’ Opening Day standards, though one that was spoiled by Frasor’s ninth-inning cough up and Jeremy Accardo’s extra-inning peak of what we can expect from him in 2010.
Tuesday night, of course, was the Romero show: My man struck out 12 through the first six innings and carried a no-hitter to the eighth, where some chucker named Rios went deep for Chicago’s only hit in a 4-2 Toronto win. So, my dream of seeing a no-no dies again, at least for now. Still, possibly the most dominating pitching performance I’ve ever witnessed live and one that has me thinking the future may be pretty, pretty bright for Rookie Romero after all. Troy who?
Then last night, the ugly one. Is it too late to ask for Brandon League back? Brandon Morrow was dreadful in his second start as a Jay, getting trashed to the tune of seven runs in four-plus innings while his esteemed mates only managed a pair of fifth inning hits in an 11-1 loss. Oh well, just one of those nights…
Anyway, the homestand is far from over — the Sox are in tonight to wrap up the four-game set, with the Angels coming in for a three-gamer tomorrow and Kansas City in on Monday for another three. Get your tickets before these ones sell out — they’re going pretty quickly these days. Dana Eveland and Freddy “The Rock” Garcia are on the hill tonight.