Was The No-Hitter All A Sham? Astros’ Ronel Blanco Ejected From Game Over Sticky Substance, Faces 10-Game Suspension

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Damn, Ronel! Just damn!

Ronel Blanco, a rising star pitcher for the Houston Astros, was ejected Tuesday night during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics following an umpire checking his glove and finding a non-permitted sticky substance.

“It was the stickiest stuff I’ve felt on a glove since we’ve been doing this for a few years now,” said first base umpire Erich Bacchus after the contest, per ESPN.

Ronel Blanco Makes Astros History 

May 14, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Ronel Blanco (56) reacts after being ejected prior to the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Ronel Blanco (56) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 20, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco (56) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Due to his ejection, Blanco could potentially be suspended for 10 games. Last year, a number of pitchers were suspended over using a sticky substance, something that has been a guideline of MLB’s since 2021. (RELATED: Wow! Mariners Fan Pulls Some Absolute Black Magic By Catching Two Foul Balls On Consecutive Pitches)

This comes at a horrible time for the ‘Stros, who are trying to climb out of a hole that sees them at 17-25 on the season and sitting in fourth place in the AL West.

Also, if you remember, Blanco threw both the first and only no-hitter of the 2024 season, resulting in him quickly shooting to stardom in the Houston rotation.

So I have to ask, ladies and gentlemen … with these latest developments … was it all a sham?


What the hell is up with the Houston Astros and cheating scandals? … And y’all know how much I love the H-Town, but damn!

As far as I’m concerned, Blanco’s no-hitter has a fat a** asterisk beside it because of the Astros’ history.