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Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Toronto Blue Jays Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
In April, right-hander Scott Richmond was one of the Jays' saviors as he supplied health and wins while other starters withered. He went 3-0 to win Rookie of the Month honors.

His last two starts have been a lot rougher, though, and Wednesday night he had the shortest outing of his career -- he lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees and allowed five runs on seven hits.

"He didn't locate tonight. He was really having trouble locating his fastball," manager Cito Gaston said. "He got a couple of strikeouts with his changeup, but he was really struggling with his location. And he has to have good location. If you don't have location, you don't have it."

As to his problem this night, he agreed with his manager.

"Fastball location, plain and simple," Richmond said when asked what went wrong. "If your fastball's not getting across down in the zone, it's going to be a rough outing. My location was too much of the plate.

"I like to work ahead, I like to pound the strike zone and instead of pounding on the thirds and quarters (of the plate) I was pounding thirds and middles today."

The fact that he once was 4-0 was of no consolation.

"I have positive starts behind me, but I can't live in the past," he said. "I can't live off what I did earlier. I have to build off each one now and grow as a pitcher, come out next time firing."

YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 2: Jays starter Scott Richmond didn't have his good stuff as he was ripped for five runs on six hits in the second inning. Richmond, who lasted 1 2/3 innings, lost his second consecutive start after opening the season 4-0. The Jays scored a run in the first inning on a throwing error by second baseman Robinson Cano and added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Rod Barajas.

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