Sal Romano led the Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Pirates with eight shutout innings on Saturday, Sept. sixteen, 2017, at Nice American Ball Park.

It was straightforward to dismiss Sal Romano’s constructive tone after he gave up seven runs in a loss to the Brewers on Aug. thirteen. He was a younger pitcher with an ERA over 6 and was looking for positives in a misplaced season.

However that’s the factor with an outdoor perspective — it’s nonetheless the surface.

Inside, Romano was honest in what he was saying, that he’d discovered confidence in his changeup and it could possibly be the distinction between being 2-5 with a 6.05 ERA or three-1 with a 2.09 ERA, like he’s since that begin with Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Pirates.

“I feel one (distinction) was the changeup,” Romano stated concerning the begin towards the Brewers. “I threw rather a lot that recreation and I obtained a whole lot of swings and misses and a few weak contact. I feel not simply being a fastball-curveball/slider, no matter you need to name it, man, having a 3-pitch combine and with the ability to find with some confidence on the market and belief Tucker (Barnhart) behind the plate there and simply pitch the best way I understand how.”

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As good as he’d been in five starts after the loss at Miller Park, he was even better against the Pirates on Saturday. He pitched a career-best eight innings, allowing just five hits and no runs. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Not only did he avoid the walks, he was extremely efficient. He needed 11 pitches to get Pirates leadoff man Adam Frazier in the first inning, but threw more than 11 pitches in just two more of his eight innings. He didn’t reach three balls with any of the 28 batters he faced and only had two balls in four at-bats.

One of the biggest things Romano has learned, he said, is to listen to Barnhart, and throw what he calls.

“I appreciate it — it’s easy when guys are making pitches like he’s making,” Barnhart said. “He’s grown a ton just in the little time he’s here. The ability to command all three pitches, which he struggled with in his debut, and he’s only gotten better since he’s been here. It’s easy when I’ve got a guy out there who has been in control like he has.”

As painful as it was to watch…