At the end of the day, it was just one out. However, for Sergio Romo and the Oakland A’s, that could be much more.
Romo was summoned from the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh on Sunday in a difficult spot. The A’s were trailing 3-1, and the Orioles had runners on first and second. With Trey Mancini at the plate, a mistake could blow the game wide open and ruin the A’s hopes of a comeback.
Sergio Romo gives Oakland A’s reason for hope
Romo was able to escape the jam, getting the dangerous Mancini to pop foul to the catcher to end the inning. That would be all for Romo, as he was relieved by an ineffective Deolis Guerra to begin the eighth inning.
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While the A’s eventually lost the contest, snapping their 13 game winning streak, this was a rare positive outing for Romo. Prior to Sunday’s contest, he had posted a 12.79 ERA and a 2.368 WHiP in his 6.1 innings. While he had struck out four batters, he had also hit two, issued three walks, and allowed 12 hits.
This was certainly not what the A’s were hoping for when they inked him prior to the 2021 season. Romo had been a solid reliever in a variety of roles throughout his career, seemingly the perfect fallback option at closer should something happen. However, his struggles at the beginning of the season removed him from consideration for the role.
Maybe this is the type of outing that he needs to get back on track. Maybe Romo needed to come in during that type of situation, where one mistake could make a drastic difference. In doing his job, and getting Mancini to foul out to end the threat, Romo could be ready to be the pitcher the A’s need him to be.
It is just one out in the grand scheme of things. But for Sergio Romo and the Oakland A’s, that appearance on Sunday could be what they needed.