Posted by: Jeremy | September 6, 2010

Jays unleash homers and flying letters to win opener


Romero got some early support and cruised against the Rangers

The Jays bats can lay a hurting in more ways than one, it turns out. Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill and Yunel Escobar each hit homers in a 7-2 series-opening win against the Rangers this afternoon, and Jose Bautista inflicted a different sort of damage, fouling a seventh inning pitch off the Jackie Robinson nameplate on the 400 level behind home and sending a flying steel “B” about 15 feet below into the 200s. A fan was hit in the shoulder and not seriously injured, which is more than most of the pitchers Bautista has pummeled this year can claim.

Toronto jumped on Tommy Hunter early in this one, scoring five times in the third on a three-run homer by Wells and a two-run shot by Hill, the second in as many days for each and their 25th and 23rd of the season, respectively. Escobar’s solo shot in the seventh was his fourth of the year and marked the Jays’ seventh run of the day off Hunter, who came in at 12-2 and having given up more than four runs just once in 17 previous starts.

Ricky Romero was his usual fine self, tossing seven innings and giving up a lone run on six singles and a double. He improved to 12-8 with the win and lowered his ERA to 3.51, including a 6-2 and 3.31 mark in 10 starts since a pair of hellish outings against New York and Boston (13 earned runs in a combined five innings) to start July. Romero is shaping up for a stronger finish than his rookie year in 2009, when he had a 5.54 ERA over his final 16 starts before finishing at 13-9 and 4.30.

The win sets Toronto at 71-66 and five back of Boston for fourth in the division — a little something to play for, if motivation is necessary. With two in a row already in the bag, the Jays look to keep rolling tomorrow night at Rogers Centre, with Shaun Marcum (11-7, 3.53) on the hill against Scott Feldman (6-9, 5.43).

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Responses

  1. So looks like the Jays answered my question. Another 3 bombs today, getting closer and closer every game. A cool stat to know would be how many games this year the Jays have went without a homerun. I bet not very many…

    Once again Jeremy, great write-up.

  2. Thanks! And yeah, interesting to look into…and also, how many games with each amount of homers. I’ll give it a look and post about it this weekend!

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