Confidence can be rattled easily for an athlete, especially when the ultimate goal is to reach Major League Baseball.
Sal Romano knows that as well as anyone. Few pitchers in minor league baseball have had it tougher than Romano, the hard-throwing and highly rated Cincinnati Reds prospect who currently pitches for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Romano was 1-10 entering last Tuesday’s game against the Biloxi Shuckers at Blue Wahoos Stadium but it was clear from the get-go that he wasn’t going to let past struggles get the best of him.
He struck out the first three batters he faced and finished the night striking out nine in seven-shutout innings of work.
Washed away was the sour taste left by the nine losses he suffered since his last win on May 4. Injected into him was the thrill of pitching at his best in a 9-0 victory.
“It feels good. I’ve been battling since my last win and want to come out strong every time I pitch,” Romano said. “I credit the offense for getting out to an early lead. I was able to attack hitters and get them out.”
The Blue Wahoos scored five runs in the opening inning and went on to score nine or more for the ninth time this season.
The five runs were great. It doesn’t hurt he opened the game in impressive fashion by striking out the side.
“It set the tone and maybe I provided a little spark to get the bats going early,” Romano said. “Our defense was tremendous, too.”
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