Bruso strikes out season-high nine |

Bruso strikes out season-high nine

Staff reports

Former South Tahoe High pitcher Greg Bruso shut out Modesto for the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth and sixth innings of his 6-4 California League baseball loss to Modesto last Thursday.

Bruso (0-5) gave up seven hits and five earned runs as last-place High Desert’s late-comeback bid fell short. He, however, did record a season-high nine strikeouts and only one walk.

A two-out throwing error led to Modesto’s second of two runs in the fourth inning. With the score tied at 2 in the sixth, Bruso looked like he would sail through the inning, retiring two of the first three hitters he faced.

But two singles, a walk and a fielding error by an outfielder chased Bruso. Reliever Mark Hamilton was greeted with a two-run double to complete Modesto’s scoring.