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Farmers Only: Everybody loves Romano

Sal Romano turns in his best start of the season for the Blue Wahoos.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Corky Miller Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

It's been a tough, frustrating season for Sal Romano. He has struggled ever since getting the call to Double-A last season, and his 1-10 record and 4.81 ERA coming into Tuesday certainly wasn't what he expected coming into this season. He took those frustrations out on the Shuckers last night, keeping them at bay to the tune of 3 hits, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts over 7 shutout innings. While it may be an outlier for what he has shown this season, it's definitely nice to see him pitch as well as he did on Tuesday. So have a trophy, Sal, and here's to you continuing to turn the season around.

Honorable mentions are due to: Phil "Phlervin" Ervin for going 2 for 4 with a bases clearing, 3 RBI double while scoring 2 runs; Jeff "Peanut Better and" Gelalich for going 3 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored; Zach "Soft J" Vincej for going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI; and Eric "Deuce Bigelow Male" Jagielo for going 2 for 4 and scoring a run.

Key Plays

  • The Wahoos got things rolling early. After Romano struck out the side in the top of the first, the offense responded with a lead he would never come close to giving up. Jeff Gelalich singled to lead off the inning. After a pop out by Alex "The curse of the" Blandino and a walk by Phil Ervin, Sebastian "Lizard People" Elizalde would drive in 2 with a triple to take a 2-0 lead. Taylor "College Park Bubba" Sparks followed that up with a single to drive in Elizalde to increase the lead to 3-0. After another single and a wild pitch, Joe "Kate" Hudson would single to drive in 2 more. Sal Romano would then ground out to end the inning. Wahoos lead, 5-0.
  • The offense would sit quietly and let Romano do his thing until the bottom of the 7th, where the game was officially blown open. Juan "Duran" Duran and Jeff Gelalich led off the inning with singles, followed by an Alex Blandino hit-by-pitch to load the bases. That brought up Phil Ervin, who drove the nail into the coffin with a base-clearing double for his second hit of the night to increase the lead to 8-0. After a ground out moved Ervin to third followed by a Taylor Sparks strikeout, Zach Vincej singled to drive in Ervin. Joe Hudson would end the inning with a groundout, but not before Pensacola took a 9-0 lead.
  • Jacob "Record Scratch" Ehret would come in and shut the door with 2 shutout innings while collecting 3 strikeouts. Wahoos win, 9-0.

Tony GIFanino of Pensacola's offense

Bonus GIFanino of the Shuckers' offense

Other Notes

  • Daytona, Dayton, and Billings were off tonight and will all rejoin the action tomorrow.
  • Nick Travieso gets the start tonight against Biloxi at 6:30 PM CT.
  • Tunes.