It was Superhero Night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Saturday evening and Blue Jays righty Jordan Romano thrilled the large crowd of fans dressed as their favorite superheroes by pitching like he might have superpowers himself. Romano entered tonight's game on a tear, having posted a 1.99 ERA over his last five game, and found a way a to be even better tonight. He allowed just one hit over seven stellar inning to help the Blue Jays end their nine-game losing streak.
It didn't look like it was going to be a great night for the Blue Jays at the start. Romano hit the first batter of the game and allowed a single to the second hitter. Two batters later, an RBI groundout put the Jays in an early 1-0 hole.
From there on out, however, Romano didn't allow another hit. He retired eighteen straight batters after the first inning single, allowing just one baserunner (a hit-by-pitch) the rest of his outing. He finished the game having thrown seven complete with nine strikeouts and just the one first inning hit and run allowed.
"It was a very clean game on both sides. My defense was outstanding," Romano said after the game. "After the first two batters, I settled in. I composed myself and settled into a groove. Gregorio Petit made a great play leading off the fifth and that really helps a pitcher get on a roll. Panas saved me a run in the seventh with a great diving catch."
Even with Romano throwing brilliantly, the Blue Jays trailed for the majority of the ballgame. They threatened to score in the fourth, putting runners on second and third, but Bradenton starter Dario Agrazal worked his way out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.
The bats finally broke through in the sixth. Cavan Biggio led off the inning with a single. With one out, Juan Kelly ripped a double to the rightfield gap to score Biggio and tie the game. Bradley Jones followed with a single to score Kelly and give Dunedin the 2-1 lead.
Romano handed the lead over to the bullpen in the eighth inning. LHP Danny Young threw 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out a pair, and RHP Kender Villegas locked down the win by retiring the final batter on a pop out. With the win, Romano improves to 3-1 on the season. Young was credited with his team-leading sixth hold and Villegas picked up his third save.
The win improves Dunedin to 30-31 on the season. They will aim to get back to .500 tomorrow evening in the final game of their four-game set with the Bradenton Marauders. RHP Conor Fisk is scheduled to take the mound for Dunedin with the first pitch set for 5:00 PM.
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