Sergio's father, Frank, was born to a Mexican farm laborer who immigrated to the U.S. when Frank was a baby…Frank played first base for a semi-pro team in Mexicali, not far from the family's home in Brawley…as soon as Sergio was out of diapers, he went with his father to games to run around the bases and play catch... As a high school sophomore, he rode BMX bikes… he saved up $400 from his paper route to buy a bike…one day during baseball season, he came out of a flip on his bike and landed on his head, suffering a concussion and broken collar bone… he was airlifted to a trauma center, where doctors first thought he was paralyzed…for five days, he was in and out of consciousness…he recovered but couldn't play the rest of that season... Sergio has an elaborate tattoo on his right bicep of monster faces that capture different sides of his personality…the largest image is his inner demon, conveying his competitive drive…a melting face represents his fear of letting his life go to waste…other images represent the prankster within himself, his fear of failure, his innermost secrets and previous foolish mistakes... He has two sons, Rilen and Ryder…below his elaborate tattoo is a newer one: large praying hands with Rilen's name on them…he says they represent his son praying for him to walk the straight and narrow and to be a good father... He was 5'7" when he graduated from Brawley Union (Calif.) High School and received no offers from four-year colleges…his father urged him to join the Navy after high school, and Sergio took the entrance test and had the enlistment papers in front of him but didn't sign…he convinced his father to let him try a year at community college.
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 4-2with 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 NLrelievers (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 inMajors with at least 30 innings pitched ... His 71% strike percentage was 2nd-best in NL for anypitcher with more than 20.0 innings pitched (Atlanta's KrisMedlen, 78%) ... His 81.8% (27-of-33) inherited runners stranded rate was5th-best in NL ... Registered at least 1 strikeout in 48 of 65 games...hisstrikeout to walk ratio of 14-to-1 was highest in SF-erahistory (min. 45.0ip) and highest in Majors since DennisEckersley 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 45.0innings ... Fashioned 0.78 ERA (2er, 23.0ip) in 30 games against NLWest opponents ... Became 5th reliever in Major League history since 1919to throw what amounted to perfect game, retiring 31consecutive batters faced over 15 game stretch fromJuly 4-Aug. 6...his streak ended on Aug. 9 as he allowedleadoff 2B to PIT's Andrew McCutchen in 8th inning...was10 shy of matching NL record, set by former Giant Jim Barrin 1972 ... Was on 15-day disabled list from Aug. 16-28 with inflammationin his right elbow...missed total of 16 games withinjury ... Had longest scoreless streak of his career and 9thlongestin National League from June 30-Sept. 23, logging21.2-scoreless innings...his streak was snapped in his2nd-to-last appearance of season vs. Colorado ... His 0.48 ERA following All-Star break was 2nd-lowestfigure 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.POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
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 bigleague 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 inheritedrunners (92.9%), for 2nd-highest pct. among all relievers (min. 20 inherited runners), behindColorado's Juan Rincon (19-of-20, 95.0%)...allowed just 1 home run (to Oakland's Kurt Suzuki) in34.0 innings, fewest round trippers allowed on SF's staff (min. 30ip)...in fact, was 1 of just 8 NLrelievers 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 withright elbow sprain, suffered in spring training...appeared in just 1 spring training contest beforebeing placed on DL March 26...began rehabilitation assignment at single-A San Jose on May 14and logged 4.2-scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts in 3 games (1 start)...was transferred to triple-AFresno 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 runson 3 hits in just 0.2-innings in his 1st appearance of season May 30 vs. St. Louis...after strikingout his 1st two hitters (Yadier Molina and Rick Ankiel), allowed single to Brian Barden, triple toJoe Thurston and RBI-single to Skip Schumaker, before departing in Cardinals' 6-2 win...allowedjust 2 hits in 24 at-bats (.083) over 7-game span June 5-20, tossing 7.2-scoreless innings with 9strikeouts 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 June24 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' bestrelievers in late innings...posted 3-1 record with 2.12 ERA (8er, 34.0ip) in 29 relief appearancesfor 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)...wasespecially 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, allowingjust 1 hit and 2 hit by pitches...dominated hitters in 15 8th inning appearances, allowing just 1hit in 41 at-bats (.024 avg.) with 13 K's and just 2 walks...inherited 22 runners (tied for 7th-moston club) and allowed just 3 to score (86.3%)...was unscored upon in 24 of 29 games, including17.2-inning scoreless streak Aug. 18-end of season...that scoreless stretch was longest by SFhurler in 2008 and tied for 12th-longeststreak by an NL pitcher...pitchedextremely well against NL West rivalDodgers, appearing in 6 games andtossing 9.0-shutout innings with 8strikeouts, while holding LA to 1 hit in28 at-bats (.036)...like Alex Hinshaw,was not even in Major League campduring Spring Training...had contractpurchased June 24...made ML debutJune 26 at Cleveland, finishing gamewith 1.0-scoreless inning of relief...struck out 2 batters and ended inningon called strikeout to David Dellucci...factored into his 1st decision after 6outings and received 1st ML career lossJuly 10 at NYM...tossed 1.2 innings,however surrendered 1st ML HR toFernando Tatis...earned 1st ML winAug. 1 in San Diego, tossing scoreless9th inning in tie game...allowed season-high 5 runs (4er) on 4 hits Aug. 5vs. Atlanta...without that effort, wouldhave owned 1.09 ERA (4er, 33.0ip) in2008...was designated for assignment Aug. 6, but cleared waivers and was optioned to Fresno following day...was recalled Aug. 16 anddid 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 inGiants' 8-6 win...matched career-high with 3.0-inning effort (3so) Sept. 21 at Los Angeles whileposting 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 betweenConnecticut 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 41relief appearances ... His 14.38 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio was 3rd-bestmark 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 with1.91 ERA (12er, 56.2ip) in 10 starts and 3-2 with 4 savesand 3.28 ERA (17er, 46.2ip) in 21 relief appearances.
Made professional debut with Giants' short-season affiliate, Salem-Keizer...led Northwest Leaguewith 7 victories and ranked 8th with 2.75 ERA.