Bruso lowers ERA to 1.80 |

Bruso lowers ERA to 1.80

Tribune Staff Report

After a shaky beginning in his first professional start last month, Greg Bruso is quickly carving his niche in the Northwest League of minor league baseball.

The 1998 South Tahoe High graduate pitched two-hit ball over six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Yakima Bears on Monday night in Keizer, Ore. The Salem-Keizer rookie didn’t figure into the decision as Yakima scored the deciding run the inning after Bruso was pulled by manager Fred Stanley.

“I felt like it was my game today,” Bruso told the Statesman Journal newspaper. “You expect to win these low-scoring games.”

Bruso (1-1) struck out three, walked one and didn’t allow an earned run.

“We got a performance out of Bruso and couldn’t do anything about it,” Volcanoes manager Fred Stanley was quoted by the Statesman Journal. “We don’t get groundballs and don’t get sac flies … very frustrating.”

In his previous start, Bruso combined with two relievers to blank the Everett AquaSox 4-0 for his first pro victory.

Since starting with a 6.75 earned run average, Bruso has used two appearances without allowing an earned run to lower his ERA to 1.80.

The Volcanoes, who have repeatedly struggled to score runs, have a 10-11 record.

Meanwhile, Jordan Romero has seen his fortunes go the other way. After compiling a 3-1 record, the 1994 STHS graduate hps lost his past two decisions with the Sioux City Explorers of the Northern League.

Despite his recent struggles, the Explorers are 28-16 and first-half champions of the NL’s South Division. In September Sioux City will make their first postseason appearance since 1999.

In nine starts and 52 innings, Romero has a 5.54 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 23 walks. He has surrendered a team-high five homers.

In his last appearance July 5, a rain delay limited Romero to 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits, three runs and walked three. The game was completed the following day, with Lincoln beating Sioux City 6-2.

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