For the second night in a row for the Billings Mustangs a teenage starting pitcher took the mound and dominated the opponent. On Friday night it was 18-year-old right hander Ian Kahaloa who shutout Great Falls for 7.0 innings. Last night it was 18-year-old left hander Wennington Romero who took the mound and help the Voyagers in check.
It was only the second start for Billings for Wennington Romero since being called up from the Arizona League Reds, where he also pitched in the playoffs. He entered the game having posted an ERA of 2.10, including that playoff start for the AZL Reds, in 56.2 innings to go along with nine walks and 53 strikeouts.
Great Falls would actually strike first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. That would be all that they would get against the teenage lefty from the Dominican Republic. Wennington Romero clamped down after that, retiring eight batters in a row before allowing a single. Things wouldn’t get much better for the Voyagers, Romero finished the start with just that one run allowed over 6.2 innings. He was removed after reaching his pitch count, 90 pitches, with two outs in the 7th inning. He did exit the game with a runner on base but Joel Kuhnel entered the game and took care of that rather quickly.
Romero has now thrown 63.1 innings on the season, including two playoff starts and posted an ERA of 1.99. That’s also come along with just 12 walks and he’s struck out 59 batters. The 18-year-old has had one heck of a start to his career. In 2015 he made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Rojos and posted a 2.13 ERA in 71.2 innings with nine walks and 82 strikeouts. The transition he’s made to the Arizona Rookie League, and the early showings in the Pioneer League haven’t seemed to present much of a problem.
The hitters do their job
It was a big night at the plate for several hitters in Billings. Taylor Trammell had two hits and he scored a run. Michael Beltre had two hits, including a double, walk, stolen base, RBI and he scored two runs. Montrell Marshall also had two hits on the night, both of them doubles and he scored a run. The best night at the plate, however, went to John Sansone. The third baseman had three hits, including a home run for the second night in a row.