Tampa Bay Rays supervisor Kevin Cash’s unconventional determination to use a back-of-the-bullpen reliever to start the staff’s game labored so properly on Saturday that he plans to do it once more Sunday.
Romo struck out the aspect on 18 pitches in his solely inning of labor Saturday earlier than giving the ball to rookie left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Yarbrough (Four-2) earned the win after permitting one run over 6 1/three innings within the Rays’ 5-3 victory.
Romo, 35, had 588 profession appearances earlier than Saturday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the one gamers in MLB historical past with extra profession appearances on the time of their first profession start had been Troy Percival (638), Todd Jones (632) and Chuck McElroy (603).
Should Cash comply with by way of together with his plan for Sunday, Romo could be the primary pitcher to start video games on back-to-back days since Zack Greinke did so for the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7-Eight, 2012. Greinke was ejected after throwing 4 pitches and going through two batters on July 7.
The final pitcher to start on back-to-back days after throwing not less than one inning the primary day was Steve McCatty of the Oakland Athletics, doing so on April 14-15, 1980. On April 14, he took the loss after permitting 5 runs on 4 hits and three walks over 1 2/three innings and going through 14 batters. He got here again out on April 15 and picked up the win after permitting three runs off seven hits over Eight 1/three innings of labor.
Cash stated his reasoning for the bizarre use of pitchers is that it throws the right-hander-heavy Angels lineup for a loop and, within the case of Saturday, allowed Yarbrough to miss not less than one go-around towards Los Angeles’ Zack Cozart, Mike Trout and Justin Upton.
“It allows us, in theory, to let Sergio to come in there and play the matchup game in the first, which is somewhat unheard of — up until Saturday, anyway,” Cash stated Thursday.