Bruse fans 11 batters
Former South Tahoe High pitcher Greg Bruso pitched his third straight game without allowing an earned run on Sunday night.
Bruso surrendered three hits and his 11 strikeouts were one off a franchise record as Salem-Keizer defeated Eugene 3-0 in a Northwest Class A League baseball game.
“(Bruso’s effort) was outstanding,” Volcanoes manager Fred Stanley told the Statesman Journal Newspaper. “If we could have gone to 115-120 pitches, he might have been able to go into the eighth or ninth.”
The Volcanoes’ right-hander allowed one hit through five innings in winning for the second time in three decisions. Bruso’s toughest spot came in the sixth inning when two Emeralds reached on hits.
However, Bruso struck out a batter for the second out and a runner was thrown out trying to steal third base for the third out.
“He threw strikes, he got ahead with his fastball, he got people out with his slider,” Stanley said to the Salem, Ore., newspaper. “I don’t think he could have pitched much better than that.”
Bruso’s earned run average is now 1.22.
ROMERO THROWS A WILD GAME
Wildness prevented 1994 South Tahoe High grad Jordan Romero from winning his fourth game with the Sioux City Explorers of the Northern Class A League on Saturday night.
Romero walked four batters and was removed from the game one out shy of the minimum five innings needed for a victory. Sioux City led 6-3 at the time and went on to beat Fargo-Moorhead 7-4.
Romero (3-3) walked four and allowed seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one and permitted three earned runs.