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Tuesday, May 29th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (29-20) at Toronto Blue Jays (25-24), 7:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Jake Arrieta (2-5, 4.87)
Toronto - Ricky Romero (5-1, 3.86)
(Sports Network) - Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero said after his last outing
that he has never had these type of control problems before in his career.
Toronto hopes that the left-hander can work past his issues this evening and
secure a quick series victory over the struggling Baltimore Orioles.
Romero has walked at least five batters in three of his past four outings and
has issued 37 free passes in 65 1/3 innings this season. His struggles hit a
new low last week in a loss to the Rays as Romero issued a career-high seven
walks in six frames of a no-decision.
The 27-year-old allowed just two hits, but was charged with four runs while
striking out seven in his club's 5-4 loss, which came five days after Romero
beat the Mets with six innings of one-run ball. He did walk four in that
victory, but sits at 5-1 with a 3.86 earned run average through 10 starts
despite his struggles.
"I can't explain it, I'm frustrated," Romero told Toronto's official website
after last week's game. "I just have to keep working. The game takes a lot out
of you -- mentally more than physically -- and it's gotten its toll on me,
because I'm trying to fix things and it's just not going my way."
Romero doesn't need to fix much when facing the Orioles. He is 6-3 with a 3.10
ERA in 12 career starts against them with 71 strikeouts and 28 walks in 87
innings of work.
The Orioles go with their struggling ace in Jake Arrieta, who is winless in
his past four starts, posting an 0-3 mark and 7.15 ERA in that span.
The right-hander did hurl seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision at
Washington on May 18, but was touched for four runs on eight hits and three
walks in 5 2/3 frames of a 6-5 loss versus Boston on Wednesday.
"It's just a little frustrating to go out there and have that kind of stuff
and just not being able to command it early in the game," Arrieta said. "But
we were still in a good position. I was still able to get in the sixth and
have a shot to even come out in the seventh."
Arrieta, Baltimore's Opening Day starter, fell to 2-5 with a 4.87 ERA in 10
starts this season. He does hold a 3-1 mark and 3.80 ERA in four career starts
versus the Blue Jays.
Toronto posted only its second victory in seven meetings with Baltimore this
season by taking last night's opener 6-2. Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison
worked a career-high seven scoreless innings, striking out nine.
Hutchison worked around three hits and three walks and Baltimore didn't score
until getting two runs off Francisco Cordero in the ninth inning. Casey
Janssen bailed out Cordero to record his fourth save of the season.
"He was hitting the corners," Baltimore's Mark Reynolds said of Hutchison. "I
think when he did make mistakes we didn't really capitalize on them."
Kelly Johnson drove in three runs on a two-run homer and a pair of doubles,
while Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run homer as Toronto snapped a five-game
Tommy Hunter was rocked for six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits in just
three-plus innings of work in the loss, while Reynolds added an RBI double
after being activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. He had
been out since May 11 with a strained left oblique.
Adam Jones, who on Sunday signed a six-year contract extension through the
2018 season, extended his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, but the
Orioles lost their third straight and for the sixth time in eight games.
They remained tied with the Rays for first place in the American League East,
while the Blue Jays pulled to within four games of the top spot.
05/29 10:44:46 ET