Player report: Sal Romano mixes pitches well in best start of season

If Sal Romano could pitch each game against Biloxi, he would be in good shape. Romano has made two of his strongest starts of the season against the squad, including Wednesday night’s seven shutout innings.

In fact, if you could just remove Tyrone Taylor from the equation completely, Romano would be in even better shape, as he picked up two of the three hits allowed on Wednesday.

Romano started the game strong, striking out the first three hitters that he faced in the first inning. Romano was able to mix up his pitches well in the outing. He credited the Double-A career high nine strikeouts that he compiled in the game to his stuff and action on each of his pitches.

“All of my stuff was working,” Romano told MiLB.com after the start. “I was able to throw my changeup for strikes. I’ve been able to trust that lately, working off my fastball, and I was able to put guys away with my curve to get some strikeouts.”

In the second inning, Romano picked up three fly outs. He induced five fly outs in the game to just three groundouts, which is pretty consistent with his trends over the past month.

The third inning brought back the strikeout, as he picked up a pair – one looking and the other swinging. In the first time through the order, Romano was perfect and had five strikeouts.

Taylor led off the third with a double to left. However, Romano was able to limit the damage, picking up a fly out, a groundout, and a strikeout.

Romano walked the first hitter of the fifth and allowed them to reach second on a wild pitch. This was actually his only walk of the night, as 58 of his 96 pitches crossed for strikes. He struck out the next hitter and then picked up a fly out double play, as Phillip Ervin threw out the runner trying to tag from second.

The first two hitters of the sixth struck out, before Taylor tripled to right. Romano was able to pick up a groundout to end the threat.

Romano allowed a one out single in the seventh, but was able to retire the final two hitters on a fly out and a line out to end his night successfully.

As the game went along, Romano did not lose much velocity. While he was touching in the mid-90s throughout the game, reports were that he was still hitting 93 on the gun in the seventh inning.

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