BALTIMORE – The Orioles fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Sunday as Ricky Romero dominated the Birds for the second time in 10 days.
Romero pitched eight innings for the Jays, giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, and no walks while striking out five Orioles. Romero also won against the Orioles back on July 27th, making his 10 day “against the O’s” line a sparking 16.1 IP, 8 hits, 2ER, 3 BB, 14 K’s.
I don’t know about you, but I call that domination.
“He’s tough,” said O’s 3B Mark Reynolds. “He’s real tough. He throws his fastball and cutter. He lives on the inside corner. Tough pitches to lay off of because they look so good coming in. He keeps you honest with his changeup away. We didn’t really get at him today too much but we scored some runs off him and hopefully next time we face him we can put something together against him.”
Speaking of Reynolds, he was responsible for the only two runs the Orioles scored off of Romero on Sunday afternoon, hitting two no-doubt solo HR’s, the second of which landed in the club level (second deck) in left-center field.
The blast measured 450 feet, and Reynolds became only the second player in Camden Yards history to hit a ball into the second level. Rex Hudler (Angels) on June 11, 1995 was the first and only other player to accomplish the feat, hitting one down the LF line off of Jamie Moyer.
“Yeah it was cool,” Reynolds said. “It is what it is. All counts for one run. We lost the game and it’s tough, but we have to get over the hump, start winning series’, and get some confidence.”
Buck Showalter noticed the blast, but caught himself wishing that it counted for a bit more than one run.
“He centered it up pretty good,” Showalter said. “I think that was one that regardless of the score of the game you’re waiting for the tale of the tape. Too bad it only counts for one. That one I think we could stretched out and gotten an extra half run more.”
Of course, the fun for Reynolds came in yet another losing effort for the Birds, and Mark was asked if it is frustrating not to have been able to win a series since the end of June.
“It is,” Reynolds said. “We’ve had a lot of rubber matches with teams and we just can’t get over that hump lately. It’s frustrating but at the same time we have to keep going out there and playing, keep grinding at it everyday, and try to win as many games as possible.”
The Orioles welcome in the Chicago White Sox for a four game series beginning Monday night. The O’s will send Jeremy Guthrie (5-15, 4.34 ERA) to the mound against the lefty John Danks (4-9, 3.90 ERA).
Make that 42 days since the O’s have won a series.