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Bruso works out of bullpen

Staff report

Greg Bruso returned to Gary’s starting rotation last Friday and dropped his sixth decision of his Northern League season.

Bruso (2-6) spent three weeks in the Railcats’ bullpen prior to his two and one-third inning starting role in a 7-2 loss to Schaumburg, Ill. He gave up seven hits and five earned runs.

During July, Bruso made five relief appearances – mostly in long relief. However, he did serve as a setup man, working a scoreless eighth inning in 2-1 victory over Kansas City on July 9.

Bruso made two other scoreless relief appearances. On July 24, his 1 2/3 shutout innings helped Gary rally from a 7-1 deficit against Lincoln. Gary scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to come back for a 9-7 triumph. Bruso also pitched one-hit ball over two innings in Gary’s 3-0 defeat to Lincoln on July 22.

His worst relief performance came during Gary’s 8-7 defeat to Edmonton on July 12, when he surrendered four hits and three earned runs.

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Bruso, who began the season in the Railcats’ rotation, lost his starting role after giving up nine hits and six earned runs in a 6-2 setback to Fargo-Moorhead on July 4. He did strike out seven in that defeat.

The Railcats raised their second-half record to 10-7 on Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City T-Bones. Gary entered the game one game behind first-place Lincoln in the South Division.