It wasn’t pretty, as he gave up four runs in five innings with more walks than strikeouts, but Ricky Romero snapped his 13-game losing streak with a victory over the Orioles last night.
Toronto’s lineup handed Romero four runs of support in the first two innings and scored nine total runs, so like most “wins” it was heavily dependent on something other than the pitcher’s performance.
He’ll still take it, though, as Romero hadn’t won since way back on June 22. At that point he was 8-1 with a 4.34 ERA, but then he went through a brutal 15-start stretch in which Romero was 0-13 with a 7.42 ERA and more walks (53) than strikeouts (49) in 78 innings.
Last night’s outing wasn’t much to get excited about, but at this point even baby steps in the right direction probably seem pretty big for the 27-year-old former All-Star.
We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.
The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.
Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.
FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.