Ricky Romero had a very successful start to his new career as a multimillionaire professional athlete, and the Jays won a 4-1 contest.
On the Mound:
Romero did not disappoint, getting through 7 innings and allowing just one run, on a solo home run by Mike Napoli. Romero did allow 3 walks and 6 hits but was helped out by some timely ground balls (13 out of 20 batted balls were on the ground) and some nifty defense. He struck out four.
At the Plate:
Adam Lind had a great day at the plate for Toronto. Lind hit a booming home run to right center and also had a single (yes, the opposite way) and two walks for a perfect day at the plate. No other Jays had extra base hits, but Yunel Escobar and Jose Bautista each reached 3 times and Edwin Encarnacion reached twice. Aaron Hill had two RBI, one on a single up the middle and one on a groundout. Fred Lewis, J.P. Arencibia, and Lyle Overbay had o-fers, but Overbay had an RBI sac fly. Arencibia remains hitless since his huge first game. Of course, that's only been three games.
From the Pen:
It was by no means pretty, but Jason Frasor pitched a scoreless 8th. And Kevin Gregg was most certainly pretty to strike out the side for a perfect 9th frame to earn the save.
In the Field:
Arencibia flashed his arm strength again, throwing out Erick Aybar trying to steal. Yunel Escobar and Aaron Hill combined for two pretty, very timely, double plays to keep the Jays out in front. Edwin Encarnacion threw one away for his 12th error of the season.
Jays of the Day are Romero and Lind, with honourable mention to Bautista and Escobar for being all over the bases.
Winning a series on the road is always a great accomplishment and the Jays continue to play well this August. They stay on West Coast time to play the Oakland Athletics tomorrow. Shaun Marcum will pitch for the Jays while Brett Anderson goes for Oakland. I'm really looking forward to seeing Anderson pitch, and I should be able to catch the game from my hotel room. I'm traveling again this week, so forgive any late recaps. Cheers!
Title from the New Pornographers' song "Go Places"