Ricky Romero took a no-hit bid late into his Toronto Blue Jays' 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night, but one of his former teammates -- Alex Rios -- blew it for him.
The lefty was absolutely crushing it up until the eighth inning, striking out a career-high 12 batters until "hitting" A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch to start off the inning. The big whiner was awarded first base when the ball hit the dirt near his right toe.
Rios followed by smashing a 2-1 changeup to deep left field for the White Sox only hit, but all it takes is one to ruin a no-hitter.
Romero knew it was gone the minute it hit the bat, turning toward center field, resting his hands on his knees and lowering his head as Rios trotted around the bases amidst a chorus of boos.
The crowd gave their pitcher a long standing ovation for his efforts after Rios touched home plate, then another as he left the field at the end of the inning. Romero covered his mouth with his glove so no little ones would see him cussing on tv, and beat himself up a bit before slamming his glove on top of the dugout bench.
Nice try Romero!
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