Well, that was quick and easy. Ricky Romero went the distance this afternoon, tossing a complete game in the Jays’ 6-1 win over the Orioles — Toronto’s sixth in six games against Baltimore this season. A weekend series against those misfits was fun, but it’s about to get a lot toudegher in Jayland, with Tampa Bay and New York coming for three-game sets starting tomorrow and Friday, respectively. Anybody else nervous to see if these Jays are for real?
Romero gave up a pair of hits and a run in the first, then settled in and dusted off the sad-sack Orioles with just 102 pitches for his second complete game in his last four starts. In all, Romero gave up just six hits and struck out seven, passing Jon Lester to grab the American League lead in the category with 79 on the year. Romero’s K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings) rate is 9.19 — up from 7.13 in his rookie year. Pretty, pretty impressive for a guy that faded late in 2009. I’m giving him a better shot at holding his pace this time around.
The Jays’ bats quickly erased Baltimore’s 1-0 lead, scoring three times in the bottom of the first on a two-out RBI double by Vernon Wells and back-to-back RBI singles from Alex Gonzalez and Lyle Overbay. Overbay, Gonzalez and Jose Bautista added insurance later with solo homers, with Bautista and Gonzalez’s coming back-to-back in the eighth to officially put this one to bed. Bautista’s was his Majors-leading 16th of the season and 12th of May, matching Carlos Delgado and Jose Cruz’s team record for home runs in one month.
Anyway, a nice little treat of a weekend before things get a little complicated. Tampa Bay rolls in tomorrow, with Jay killer Matt Garza (5-3, 2.97) on the hill in the opener against the hit-or-miss stylings of Brandon Morrow (3-4, 6.66).