Out of the batter’s box: Reds win, Romano survives near KO, Greene ponders, young stars

Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano throws in the fifth inning against the Rockies at Coors Field Thursday on the way to picking up his first career MLB win.

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Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano throws in the fifth inning against the Rockies at Coors Field Thursday on the way to picking up his first career MLB win.

Rookie pitcher goes five innings to pick up first MLB win

This feels like a good morning to wake up a Reds fan, as there’s good news: Cincinnati beat the Rockies 6-3 to split a four-game series in Colorado; better news: Eugenio Suarez had three hits, Adam Duvall hit his 20th home run and added an RBI double, and Scooter Gennett scored two runs; and the best news: rookie pitcher Sal Romano will not go on the disabled list after picking up his first MLB win.

There was also just plain, ol’ news, or maybe a lack of it, too, as first-round draft choice Hunter Greene hasn’t yet put pen to contract with a 5 p.m. deadline today for non-college senior drafted players to ink up.

Here are a dozen or so highlights from the Reds’ 13-hit game, including a chat with Romano sporting the black eye he picked up in a clubhouse celebration afterward:

On a sobering note, while there was at least one loosely-hinged Tweet by a fan suggesting that Greene had signed with the Reds and that he offered an Instagram post of a celebration, that post was not found by at least one correspondent, and just a couple hours after the Reds' game, this skittered across the social media universe @m_sheldon:

As the Reds and their fans await Greene’s signing and arrival in the minor leagues, there comes good news from down on the farm(s):

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