Scott Richmond Dominates Phillies: Kool-Aid with 11 K's

Ian HunterCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Scott Richmond #48 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex on February 23, 2009 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

After a day filled with so much bad news in Blue Jay land, Toronto needed a strong pick-me-up against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Starting pitcher Scott Richmond delivered all that and more.

Richmond had the best start of his career, going eight strong innings while striking out 11 Phillies and giving up just one earned run.

Despite his less-than-impressive career splits versus left-handed batters, Richmond succeeded in shutting down the lefty-heavy heart of the Phillies' lineup. Not only that, but he managed to do it in rain-soaked conditions at Citizens Bank Park.

I find that pretty impressive considering that earlier today, I did everything in my power to avoid running a mere 20 feet in the rain from the back door to my car.

After winning his first four decisions of the season, Richmond has been held out of the win column since May 3. Despite being labelled as a fifth starter, he has the potential to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher for the Blue Jays.

Now, with the injuries to ace Roy Halladay and right-hander Casey Janssen, it will nice to see Richmond back on a more regular basis.

Let me tell you, six weeks is a long time to go without a glass of Scott Richmond Kool-Aid, but it was certainly worth the wait.