Sergio Francisco Romo...has two sons, Rilen and Ryder...attended Brawley Union High School (CA)...was not recruited out of high school...attended Orange Coast Community College (CA), then transferred to Arizona Western Junior College and pitched there for two years...transferred to University of North Alabama, and then Colorado Mesa University, and compiled a 24-4 record in two seasons at the Division II level...appeared for Mexico in the 2013 and 2017 Word Baseball Classics...his father, Frank, was born to a Mexican farm laborer who immigrated to the United States when Frank was a baby...Frank played first base for a semi-pro team in Mexicali, close to the family's home in Brawley...rode BMX bikes in high school...as a sophomore, suffered a concussion and a broken collarbone when he came out of a flip and landed on his head... was airlifted to a trauma center, where doctors initially believed he was paralyzed...did not regain full consciousness for five days after the accident.
Was 1-2 with five saves, a 4.05 ERA and .211 opponents batting average in 24 relief appearances in his first full season with Minnesota…struck out 23 batters in 20.0 innings, the 10th time in his 13 seasons he finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched…issued seven walks and his average of 3.15 walks per nine innings was the highest of his career…had 10 holds, which tied for third most in the majors…was the only reliever in the majors with at least 10 holds and at least five saves…his opponents batting average broke down to .205 (9-for-44) against right-handed hitters compared to .219 (7-for-32) against left-handers…surrendered all three of his home runs to right-handers for a .432 opponents slugging percentage (.281 vs. left-handers)…has held right-handers to a .198 batting average in his career…yielded a .160 average with the bases empty, .308 with runners on…opponents hit .368 with runners in scoring position…converted 5-of-6 (83.3%) save opportunities…allowed all six of his inherited runners to score…first batters faced were 7-for-22 (.318) with two home runs and two walks (1.011 OPS)…posted a 2.57 ERA and .176 opponents batting average in 16 games at home compared to a 7.50 ERA and .280 opponents average in eight outings on the road…tossed one inning or fewer in all 24 of his games and had 18 outings of exactly one inning.
MINNESOTA: Earned the Twins first save of the season in his first outing on July 28 against St. Louis (1.0 ip, 1 so) and did not allow a run over his first four appearances (4.0 ip, two saves)…then allowed five runs on six hits in 6.2 innings over his next eight outings from Aug. 6 to 26 (6.75 ERA)…recorded his 700th career strikeout in the first game of a Aug. 15 doubleheader against Kansas City, fanning Jorge Soler swinging…struck out a season-high three batters Aug. 16 against Kansas City, his first of three three-strikeout games (Sept. 8 at St. Louis, Sept. 20 at Chicago-NL)… allowed a season-high three runs in 0.1 innings at Cleveland on Aug. 26…then yielded just one run over his next 10 games from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22 for a 1.00 ERA and .176 opponents batting average (9.0 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 9 so)…served a one-game suspension Sept. 12 vs. Cleveland after he and Francisco Lindor initiated a bench-clearing incident the previous night…Romo induced an inning-ending flyball and the two began to argue as Lindor ran to first base…the incident stemmed from previous outings in Cleveland on Aug. 24 and 26…was charged with his only blown save Sept. 17 at Chicago (AL)…did not retire a batter in his final regular season appearance on Sept. 27 against Cincinnati (2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 2 bb)…made one postseason appearance and was charged with the loss in Game 1 of the ALWCS against Houston (0.2 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 0 so)… walked Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth and then allowed a two run single to Brantley, but all of the runs were unearned following a Polanco error.
Began season with Miami after signing a one-year contract February 15, 2019....Blew only save for the Marlins May 21 at Detroit, making him 17-for-18 with Miami....Acquired by Twins via trade with Marlins July 27 along with right-handed pitcher Chris Vallimont and a Player to be Named Later, in exchange for infielder Lewin Diaz....Converted 12 straight save opportunities from May 22-August 13, posting a 2.22 ERA (28.1 IP, 7 ER) with a .198 opponent batting average during that span...marked the third longest save streak of career....Allowed just three home runs in his 42 appearances from June 15, including a homerless stretch from June 15-August 4 (19.0 IP)....Earned first save as Twin August 2 vs. Kansas City, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with one hit, no walks and two strikeouts....Appeared in 700th career game September 7 vs. Cleveland....Twisted left knee - his landing leg - finishing an inning September 7 vs. Cleveland...was helped off the field by trainers but told media post-game it was something he has dealt with most of career and doesn't affect him....Became Twins primary set-up man in front of Taylor Rogers, recording 12 holds in 19 appearances from August 18-end of season....Was only pitcher in baseball with at least 20 saves and at least 15 holds....Threw his slider 59.6% of the time, third highest mark in baseball....Ranked second in baseball in O-Swing% (percentage of pitches swung at outside strikezone) at 40.5%, trailing only Houston's Ryan Pressly (40.6%).
Set a career high with 73 appearances for Tampa Bay, which ranked tied for fourth in the American League...Did not earn first of his 25 saves until May 29 at Oakland; from that date on, ranked sixth in the Majors (fourth in AL) in saves...Made five starts as the "opener," marking the first Major League starts of his career. According to Stats LLC, his 588 relief appearances prior to the starts were the fourth-most all-time, behind Troy Percival (638), Todd Jones (632), and Chuck McElroy (603)...Became only third pitcher in MLB history with as many as five starts and 25 saves in the same season, joining Jenrry Meijia (7/28 in 2014) and Ryan Dempster (6/33 in 2004)...Posted a 1.40 ERA (38.2 ip/6 er) in 41 appearances from June 1-September 14...Surrendered first grand slam of career on April 20 vs. Minnesota (Eddie Rosario), in his 577th appearance...Made first two career starts on May 19 & 20, becoming first pitcher to start back-to-back days since Zack Greinke in 2012... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, from May 19-June 17 he became first pitcher since Miguel Batista in 2004 to have five starts and three saves in a 30-day span, and from May 19-27 became first pitcher with four starts in a nine-day span since Claude Osteen in 1975...On July 25 vs. the Yankees, recorded final two outs of the eighth inning, moved to third base to start the ninth, and returned to the mound for the save, becoming first pitcher to also appear at third base in a game since Philadelphia's Bill Wilson on August 6, 1971 at Pittsburgh...Also became first AL pitcher to appear defensively at another position and record a save since Milwaukee's Chuck Crim on June 6, 1989 at Toronto (first base)...From August 7-9 vs. Baltimore, became first pitcher in Tampa Bay history to record a win, loss, and save in a three-game series, and first in MLB since Cody Allen in 2014.
Was one of three veteran relievers acquired by the Rays in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, along with Dan Jennings and Steve Cishek…was acquired from the Dodgers on July 22 in exchange for cash considerations... Went 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA (30.2-IP, 5-ER) in 25 apps after the trade…made his Rays debut on July 24 vs. BAL…from that date through the end of the season, ranked 4th in the AL in ERA (min. 20 IP)…in comparison, was 1-1 with a 6.12 ERA (25-IP, 17-ER) in 30 apps with the Dodgers... Crafted a 0.43 ERA (21-IP, 1-ER) in his last 17 apps beginning Aug 12, the lowest ERA in the majors (min. 15 IP) over that span... Between the two organizations, yielded 9 HR to tie a career high (2014)…yielded a career-high 7 HR against right-handed batters…did not allow a homer in his last 19 apps spanning 24.2 IP... From May 28-Aug 12, had a career-long streak of 20 consecutive apps with a strikeout... Pitched for the Charros de Jalisco in the Mexican Pacific League for a second consecutive year... WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Pitched for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic during spring training, going 0-0 with a 20.25 ERA (1.1- IP, 3-ER) in 2 apps…it was the second consecutive tournament he pitched for Team Mexico.
Went 1-0 with four saves and a 2.64 ERA in 40 games with the Giants...Posted a 1.08 WHIP, while striking out 33 against only seven walks in 30.2 innings...Appeared in just four games before being placed on the disabled list with a right forearm flexor strain from April 15-July 4...Allowed three runs in 2.0 innings in two postseason appearances against the Cubs in the NLDS.
Went 0-5 with a 2.98 ERA in a career-high 70 relief appearances...struck out a career-best 71 batters in 57.1 innings....Gave up just three home runs after allowing a career-high nine in 2014....Has posted an ERA under 3.00 in six of his eight big league seasons....Allowed just 18.4% of his inherited runners to score (7/38), the eighth-lowest figure in the NL....Right-handed batters were 25-for-147 (.170) off him with 64 strikeouts...however, left-handed batters hit .371 (26-for-70)....Only NYM's Dillion Gee (.395) and PHI's Chad Billingsley (.394) had higher opponent averages against lefties (min. of 70 ABs).
Went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA (24er, 58.0ip) while going 23-for-28 in save chances in 64 relief outings in his seventh season with SF...Allowed career highs in runs and home runs and lost his closer's role at the end of June after several blown saves...His 23 saves were tied for the 14th-most in the National League...Surrendered nine home runs, the most he's allowed in a full season in his career and tied for the fifth-most among NL relievers...Was relieved of the Giants' closer duties on June 29 as he endured a stretch in which he blew three of five save chances while allowing nine runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings (June 13-28)...Despite his struggles, finished the season on a strong note, allowing just two runs over his final 19.1 innings (0.93 ERA, 23 games).
2013 All-Star completed his sixth season in the big leagues, going 5-8 with a 2.54 ERA (17er, 60.1ip) and 38 saves in 43 chances. His 38 saves were a career-high and tied for the thirdmost in the NL. Became just the sixth pitcher in Giants history to record 30 saves in a season...joined Robb Nen (five), Rod Beck (four), Brian Wilson (four), Tim Worrell (one) and Greg Minton (one) in the exclusive club. His five wins matched his career-high (also five wins in 2009 and 2010)...also suffered a career-high eight losses. Held right-handed hitters to a .183 (24-for-131) average. Played for team Mexico in the 2013 WBC, going 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (2er, 2.0ip) and one save. Recorded 10 saves in April, the second-most by a Giants pitcher in the season's opening month in SF-era history, behind Rod Beck's 11 rescues in 1997. Recorded his first career four strikeout outing on July 23 vs. Cincinnati. Was selected by manager Bruce Bochy to his first career All-Star team as an injury replacement for Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke. ad a career month in August, going 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA (1er, 10.1ip) and going 9-for-9 in save opportunities. Held opponents scoreless in 17 of his last 19 games and was 11-for-his-last-12 in save opportunities.
Continued his dominance on the mound, going 4-2 with a career-best 14 saves while fashioning a 1.79 ERA (11er, 55.1ip), the fourth-lowest figure among all NL relievers. Only Craig Kimbrel (1.01), Aroldis Chapman (1.51) and Eric O'Flaherty (1.73) had lower ERA's than Romo. Blanked opponents in 63 of 69 games, including 27 of hislast 29. His 69 games marked a career-high. Went 14-for-15 in save chances...earned a save in nine of his last 20 outings, becoming the Giants' full-time closer in late August and throughout the playoffs. Allowed only nine hits in 51 at-bats with runners in scoring position (.176). Held opponents to a .185 avg. against (37-for-200), the fourth-lowest mark among NL relievers. Gave up just two extra base hits to left-handed batters all year (one double, one homer in 54 at-bats). Allowed nine of 43 inherited runners to score (20.9%), the 12th-lowest figure in the NL. Matched his career-high for runs allowed on July 30 vs. New York-NL after giving up four runs and four hits in just 0.2 innings...allowed a game-tying two-run home run to Scott Hairston in the eighth and then a pair of go-ahead runs...had allowed a total of just four runs all season prior to this outing.
Produced one of best seasons of any Giants reliever, fashioning 3rd-lowest ERA among NL
relievers (1.50 ERA), who tossed at least 45.0 innings, and fashioning 14-to-1 strikeout-walk ratio (70 Ks, 5 BBs), best in Majors. His season WHIP of 0.71 in 48.0 innings was best in
Majors with at least 30 innings pitched ... His 71% strike percentage was 2nd-best in NL for any pitcher with more than 20.0 innings pitched (Atlanta's Kris Medlen, 78%) ... His 81.8% (27-of-33) inherited runners stranded rate was 5th-best in NL ... Registered at least 1 strikeout in 48 of 65 games...his strikeout to walk ratio of 14-to-1 was highest in SF-era
history (min. 45.0ip) and highest in Majors since Dennis Eckersley posted 18.25-to-1 mark in 1990 ... Ranked 3rd in NL with .150 avg. against (18-for-120) vs. right-handed batters (min. 75 BF) ... Overall, his opponents avg. against of .173 (29-for-168) was 6th-lowest among NL relievers with min. of 45.0 innings ... Fashioned 0.78 ERA (2er, 23.0ip) in 30 games against NL West opponents ... Became 5th reliever in Major League history since 1919
to throw what amounted to perfect game, retiring 31 consecutive batters faced over 15 game stretch from July 4-Aug. 6...his streak ended on Aug. 9 as he allowed leadoff 2B to PIT's Andrew McCutchen in 8th inning...was 10 shy of matching NL record, set by former Giant Jim Barr in 1972 ... Was on 15-day disabled list from Aug. 16-28 with inflammation
in his right elbow...missed total of 16 games with injury ... Had longest scoreless streak of his career and 9thlongest in National League from June 30-Sept. 23, logging
21.2-scoreless innings...his streak was snapped in his 2nd-to-last appearance of season vs. Colorado ... His 0.48 ERA following All-Star break was 2nd-lowest figure in NL (min. of 15.0ip) ... Ended season by allowing just 1 run in his final 30 games
(23.1ip) while allowing only 11 hits in 78 at-bats (.141).
Was one of Bruce Bochy's most often used relievers, working career-high 68 games (2nd-most on Giants), 62.0 innings and logging impressive 5.00 strikeout-walk ratio, which ranked 6th-best among NL relievers ... Inherited 46 runners (T12th-most in NL) and allowed just 14 to score ... Led team and was tied for 11th in NL with 21 holds ... Posted 10th-lowest ERA among NL relievers who threw at least 60.0 innings ... 3 of his 6 HRs allowed were game changing HRs: April 18 at LAD - 2-run game-winning HR to Manny Ramirez in 8th; May 4 at Florida - 3-run go-ahead HR to Dan Uggla in 8th; May 7 at NYM - allowed 2-run walk-off HR to Rod Barajas ... Following that HR to Barajas on May 7th, settled down and solidified himself as one of top relievers in NL, blanking opponents in 48 of his final 54 games, while posting 5-0 record and fashioning 1.50 ERA (8er, 48.0ip) with .202 opponents avg. against (35-for-173)...that 1.50 ERA beginning May 9th was 4th-lowest among NL relievers ... Held right-handed hitters to .185 avg. against (27-for-146), 12th-lowest figure in NL (min. 100 ABs) ... Appeared in 8th inning or later in 47 of his 68 appearances.
In 6 postseason appearances, surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits while going 0-for-2 in save opportunities ... Made his postseason debut in Game 2 of LDS vs. Atlanta on Oct. 8 and threw just 8 pitches while being tagged for 2 runs on 2 hits.
Has established himself as one of Giants' top relief options in just 2 seasons at big
league level...went 5-2 with 3.97 ERA (15er, 34.0ip) in 45 relief appearances for San Francisco...his 5 wins were tied with Brandon Medders and Brian Wilson for most among Giants relievers, while his 11 holds were 2nd-most on club behind Jeremy Affeldt (33)...stranded 26-of-28 inherited runners (92.9%), for 2nd-highest pct. among all relievers (min. 20 inherited runners), behind Colorado's Juan Rincon (19-of-20, 95.0%)...allowed just 1 home run (to Oakland's Kurt Suzuki) in 34.0 innings, fewest round trippers allowed on SF's staff (min. 30ip)...in fact, was 1 of just 8 NL relievers to allow one homer-or-less...held left-handed batters to just 9 hits in 48 at-bats (.188)...gave up total of just 8 extra base hits (4 2B's, 3 3B's, 1 HR)...missed 1st 2 months of season with right elbow sprain, suffered in spring training...appeared in just 1 spring training contest before being placed on DL March 26...began rehabilitation assignment at single-A San Jose on May 14 and logged 4.2-scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts in 3 games (1 start)...was transferred to triple-A
Fresno May 22 and appeared in 3 games for Grizzlies, allowing 1 unearned run in 3.0 frames...returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from disabled list May 29...gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in just 0.2-innings in his 1st appearance of season May 30 vs. St. Louis...after striking out his 1st two hitters (Yadier Molina and Rick Ankiel), allowed single to Brian Barden, triple to Joe Thurston and RBI-single to Skip Schumaker, before departing in Cardinals' 6-2 win...allowed just 2 hits in 24 at-bats (.083) over 7-game span June 5-20, tossing 7.2-scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts against 1 BB...recorded holds in 4-straight (June 5-13) and in 8 of his 1st 15 games...earned wins in back-to-back contests June 19-20 vs. Texas...gave up only home run of year June 24 at Oakland, allowing solo shot to Kurt Suzuki...held opponents scoreless in 12 of his 1st 14 games, fashioning 2.31 ERA (3er, 11.2ip)...had his roughest stretch of year in 4-game span July 11-20, surrendering 7 earned runs in just 2.0 innings, raising season ERA from 2.31 to 6.59...allowed season-high 4 runs July 20 at Atlanta in SF's 11-3 loss...gave up 4-consecutive hits (3 singles, triple) in Braves' 6-run 7th inning...following that 4-run outing, allowed just 5 earned runs in 20.1 innings (2.21 ERA), and held opposition to .171 avg. against (12-for-70) in his final 27 games, lowering season figure from 6.59 to 3.97...was unscored upon in 23 of those 27 games, recording 24 strikeouts against only 6 walks...
Young hurler found success at big league level, becoming one of Giants' best
relievers in late innings...posted 3-1 record with 2.12 ERA (8er, 34.0ip) in 29 relief appearances for San Francisco...struck out 33 batters in just 34.0 innings and held opposing hitters to .138 avg. against (16-for-116) with left-handers at .083 (4-for-48) and right-handers at .176 (12-for-68)...was especially tough on road, earning all 3 victories away from AT&T Park and fashioning 0.98 ERA (2er, 18.1ip) in 14 games...allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk in 4.2 innings in his 5 save situations, holding opponents at .067 (1-for-15) mark...retired 26 of 29 (89.6%) 1st batters faced, allowing just 1 hit and 2 hit by pitches...dominated hitters in 15 8th inning appearances, allowing just 1 hit in 41 at-bats (.024 avg.) with 13 K's and just 2 walks...inherited 22 runners (tied for 7th-most on club) and allowed just 3 to score (86.3%)...was unscored upon in 24 of 29 games, including 17.2-inning scoreless streak Aug. 18-end of season...that scoreless stretch was longest by SF hurler in 2008 and tied for 12th-longest streak by an NL pitcher...pitched extremely well against NL West rival
Dodgers, appearing in 6 games and tossing 9.0-shutout innings with 8
strikeouts, while holding LA to 1 hit in 28 at-bats (.036)...like Alex Hinshaw, was not even in Major League camp during Spring Training...had contract purchased June 24...made ML debut June 26 at Cleveland, finishing game with 1.0-scoreless inning of relief...struck out 2 batters and ended inning on called strikeout to David Dellucci...factored into his 1st decision after 6 outings and received 1st ML career loss July 10 at NYM...tossed 1.2 innings,
however surrendered 1st ML HR to Fernando Tatis...earned 1st ML win Aug. 1 in San Diego, tossing scoreless 9th inning in tie game...allowed season-high 5 runs (4er) on 4 hits Aug. 5
vs. Atlanta...without that effort, would have owned 1.09 ERA (4er, 33.0ip) in 2008...was designated for assignment Aug. 6, but cleared waivers and was optioned to Fresno following day...was recalled Aug. 16 and did not allow run over his final 13 games, tossing 17.2-scoreless innings and allowing .073 avg. against (4-for-55)...notched 2nd big league victory Sept. 14 at San Diego, pitching scoreless 9th in Giants' 8-6 win...matched career-high with 3.0-inning effort (3so) Sept. 21 at Los Angeles while posting 3rd victory in SF's 1-0, 11-inning triumph...retired 20 of his final 22 batters faced...went 1-3 with 11 saves and 3.27 ERA (12er, 33.0ip) with 37 K's and 9 BBs in 27 games between Connecticut and Fresno in 2008.
Capped superb season with being named Class A Advanced Relief Pitcher of Year by MiLB.com, finishing campaign with 6-2 record and 1.36 ERA (10er, 66.1ip), 9 saves and 106 strikeouts in 41 relief appearances ... His 14.38 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio was 3rd-best
mark among all minor league pitchers while his .155 (35-for-226) avg. against was 4th-best in minors ... Registered at least 1 strikeout in 37 of his 41 outings.
Was named to South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star team in just his 2nd professional season ... Bounced in and out of starting rotation, going 7-0 with 1.91 ERA (12er, 56.2ip) in 10 starts and 3-2 with 4 saves and 3.28 ERA (17er, 46.2ip) in 21 relief appearances.
Made professional debut with Giants' short-season affiliate, Salem-Keizer...led Northwest League with 7 victories and ranked 8th with 2.75 ERA.