Tonight marked a considerable challenge for the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays with Ricky Romero taking the mound because in his six career starts he had a record of 4-0, a 1.70 era, a shutout and 35 strikeouts. One of his six career starts came earlier in the season on May 8th and the result a no decision as former closer Francisco Cordero now traded gave up five runs in the ninth, which included Brandon Inge’s walk-off grand slam.
In the first inning Romero gave up a run on a double by Yoenis Cespedes and the second inning is one he would like to forget as he gave up a lead off walk to Derek Norris and during the at-bat to Brandon Hicks he threw a wild pitch allowing Norris to get to second. He then came back to strikeout Hicks before walking Jemile Weeks.
After the walk that’s when things went from bad to worse as Coco Crisp singled advancing each runner and Norris wound up scoring on an error by left fielder Travis Snider, Jonny Gomes singled scoring Weeks, Josh Reddick doubled in Crisp and Gomes went to third, Cespedes received an intentional walk to load the bases, Chris Carter walked plating another run and that ended the night for Romero.
Chad Beck came in and promptly allowed a double to Inge that scored two, Norris singled in a run, Hicks grounded out scoring Carter and the inning ended on a ground out by Weeks. After taking the early 9-0 lead the offense added a single run in the third and fifth on two solo home runs by Crisp and Carter hit a solo home run in the sixth innings to put the A’s up 12-0. During the eight inning Cespedes added another rbi double and Carter added a rbi ground out. Hicks and Brandon Moss added rbi doubles in the ninth to finish off the scoring.
The A’s 16 runs of offense overshadowed the stellar performance by A.J. Griffin who went six innings, gave up three hits, no runs and struck out nine while walking two. Relievers Jerry Blevins and Jim Miller finished off the last nine outs to seal the shutout and for Griffin he earned his third win of the season.
With the dominating performance the win gave the A’s their seventh straight win and also noteworthy the A’s had nine batters drive in a run marking the 12th time in A’s franchise history that has been accomplished, the 16 runs scored is also a season high and improve to 16-2 in July.