Enny Romero Backs Up Bold Tweet in Tampa Bay Rays Debut

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pitcher Enny Romero #45  of the Tampa Bay Rays starts against the Baltimore Orioles September 22, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The Rays won 3 - 1. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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It's not often that a minor league pitcher makes a bold claim on Twitter and then backs it up a day later, but Enny Romero pitched extremely well in his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Take a look at a tweet he sent out on Saturday:

I could come and pitch tomorrow 😃 #Rays

— Enny Romero (@EnnyRomeroTB) September 21, 2013

So how did he pitch in his debut? He threw 4.2 innings of one-hit, shutout baseball against the Baltimore Orioles, who are fighting for their playoff lives. 

He allowed a hit to Manny Machado to lead off the game, and that was the only batter who was able to get a hit off the 22-year-old.

With two outs in the fifth inning and his team clinging to a one-run lead, Romero was pulled after an error put two runners on base for Baltimore. The southpaw's day was over after 70 pitches after 4.2 innings, which meant he fell an out short of qualifying for the win.

Romero did not strike out a batter and walked four Orioles, but his ability to pitch to contact kept Baltimore off the board. Tampa Bay won the game 3-1. 

He put up strong numbers in Double-A this season. However, he had made only one start in Triple-A in his career. Now he has yet to allow a run in 12.2 innings above Double-A.

The Rays needed a big performance out of the left-hander. Tampa Bay is currently one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the loss column for the top Wild Card and two games up on the Texas Rangers for the final playoff spot.

A pennant race is a tough spot for a pitcher to make his MLB debut in, but Romero backed up his talk.

Maybe he should tweet that he is ready to pitch in the Wild Card game.