|San Francisco Giants – No. 54|
Born: March 4, 1983|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 26, 2008 for the San Francisco Giants|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||2.27|
|Career highlights and awards|
Sergio Francisco Romo (born March 4, 1983) is a professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League baseball. As a closer for the Giants, he recorded three saves during the 2012 World Series, helping the Giants win the title. During the playoffs, he had saves in the clinching games of the NL Division Series, the NL Championship Series, and the World Series.
Romo was born in Brawley, California to Mexican parents. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 2001, having played shortstop and third base on the baseball team. With no scholarship offers from four-year colleges, Romo nearly signed enlistment papers to follow his father in the U.S. Navy, but opted to play baseball at junior college instead.
Romo first went to Orange Coast College before transferring to Arizona Western College. Romo was named to the All-Region I second team of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in 2002 and 2003. In 159 innings, Romo earned a 16-4 overall record with a 2.79 earned run average (ERA).
For his junior and senior years, Romo played NCAA Division II baseball at two colleges: the University of North Alabama (2004) and Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) (2005). He was named First-Team All-Gulf South Conference in 2004 while playing for North Alabama and was 10-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 97.1 innings. In his senior year with Mesa State, he was the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. In 2009, the RMAC named Romo "All-Time Top Pitcher."
Romo had his contract purchased from Double-A Connecticut by the San Francisco Giants on June 24, 2008. He made his big league debut on June 26, 2008, against the Cleveland Indians, striking out two in an inning pitched. Romo was designated for assignment on August 6, and was eventually sent to the minors, but was recalled on August 16, 2008. He played winter baseball with the Aguilas de Mexicali of the Mexican Pacific League. In nine relief appearances, Romo made six of seven attempted saves and a 2.89 ERA.
Romo started the 2009 season on the disabled list, and was activated on May 30, 2009. He completed his first major league save on July 7, 2009 against the Florida Marlins. He got the last two outs of the game, both of which were via the strikeout.
In 2010, Romo was part of the San Francisco World Series team, acting as the team's primary setup man through much of the season. He gained notoriety for being one of the team's "Beards", along with LHP Jeremy Affeldt and closer Brian Wilson. In the National League Division Series, Romo gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning pitched, but through the National League Championship Series and World Series, he pitched 3 scoreless innings.
In 2011, Romo became the fifth reliever to throw 9 or more consecutive perfect innings, retiring thirty straight batters in 10 innings over a span of fourteen games. His stat line for the year was: 1.50 ERA, 13.1 K/9, and .9 BB/9. His 2011 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA) of 0.91 remains the best of all Major League relief pitchers for the season.
Romo performed very well to begin the 2012 season and did not allow an earned run until May 17, 2012. After Brian Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery in April, Romo eventually was given the closer role. He pitched the final inning of Game 4 against the Tigers in the 2012 World Series, and struck out three straight, including Miguel Cabrera for the last out and the Giants' win. In the Series, Romo pitched 3.0 perfect innings, recording 3 saves with 5 strikeouts.
Romo appeared in 69 games of the 2012 season earning 14 saves with a 1.79 ERA. He began the 2013 season as the Giants' Opening Day Closer. On July 14 he was added to the NL All Star Game roster after Jordan Zimmerman was ineligible to pitch. It was the first All Star selection of his career.
With a low-three quarters delivery Romo features three pitches: a slider that sits 75-79 mph which he uses against right handed batters, a two seam fastball sitting 88-90, and a change up which he uses against left handed hitters, sitting 80-83.
Sergio and Chelsea Romo married when he was in the minors and she was in college. They had their first child, a boy, Rilen Serge Romo, in January 2006, followed by their second son, Rex Ryder Romo, in September 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)