Results tagged ‘ Sergio Romo ’

Burriss rescues Big Unit; another Romo signs

WASHINGTON — Behind most big pitching victories lies impressive defense. This was proven again in Randy Johnson’s 300th victory on Thursday, which featured an outstanding and probably game-saving play by second baseman Emmanuel Burriss.

With runners on first and second, nobody out and the Giants clinging to a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, Burriss made a diving stop of Ronnie Belliard’s one-hopper up the middle and shoveled the ball from his glove to shortstop Edgar Renteria to start a double play.

Johnson was appreciative, to say the least.

“That could have turned the whole game around if that was a base hit,” Johnson said.

Guzman’s smash caromed off the first-base side of the pitcher’s mound, which might have been a break for the Giants.

“I think its hitting the mound helped me get to it,” Burriss said, “because it was hit pretty hard and it took that high bounce off the mound and enabled me to gain some ground on it.”

Burriss said that Johnson’s immediate reaction was muted. But the Big Unit made sure Burriss knew how much that play meant.

“Right after the play he gave me one of those looks like, ‘atta boy,’ said Burriss, who added that Johnson was too mentally focused to gush over him or any other teammates in the dugout between innings.

After the game, Johnson gave Burriss a proper tribute.

“He came up to me and said, ‘great play.’ It was awesome,” Burriss related. “Everybody behind him wanted to do their part to help him get to that milestone.”

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The independent Golden Baseball League announced Thursday that the Giants have purchased the contract of right-hander Andrew Romo from the Tucson Toros, a club in that league. Romo, 21, is the younger brother of Giants reliever Sergio Romo.

Sergio Romo compared Andrew to himself, in that they both like to throw sinking fastballs, curveballs and changeups.

“I think he has potential, and potential can get you a long way in this business, as long as he puts in the work and listens to direction,” Sergio said of Andrew.

The younger Romo “sold” the Giants on Tuesday, when he yielded just an unearned run in three innings while striking out four in a Golden League game.

It was not immediately known which Minor League affiliate Romo will initially join.

– Chris Haft

Slight change: Romo’s return expected Friday

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Sergio Romo was expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. But the Giants have announced a slight change in plans.

Romo now will pitch a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park. Assuming he feels fine physically afterward, he’ll return to the active roster Friday, since Thursday’s a scheduled off-day.

Tuesday, Romo rejoined to the team, having completed his injury rehabilitation assignment. Giants relievers have excelled lately, and the last thing Romo wants to do is upset the bullpen’s equilibrium.

He said he wouldn’t have come near the clubhouse “if I felt I’d hurt their chances of winning. I honestly feel that I can come in and be effective. … I don’t want to hurt the karma, the way things mesh. I just want to come in and pick up where I left off last year.”

Last year, of course, Romo thrived as a rookie, finishing 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 29 appearances. He struck out 33 and walked eight in 34 innings.

– Chris Haft

One final Zimmerman item; thoughts on Renteria (and Frandsen)

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery delivered the final word on the 30-game hitting streak that ended for Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman on Wednesday. Well, maybe you could choose from more than one word. Such as “classy.” Or “impressive.”

Zimmerman grounded into a force play in the ninth inning to end an 0-for-3 afternoon. Up came the Giants, trailing 6-2. Thursday, Flannery related that he approached Zimmerman, who was playing third base, before the bottom of the ninth and said, “We’re going to score four, tie this thing up and get you a chance to hit again.”

Zimmerman’s response, according to Flannery, was, “At this point, I’d rather take the win.”

Flannery was bowled over by Zimmerman’s selflessness. “Think about that,” he said. “How many guys would do that?”

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Should Edgar Renteria’s hamstring injury force him onto the 15-day disabled list, it’s tempting to assume that Kevin Frandsen would be recalled from Triple-A Fresno to fill the roster spot.

However, Juan Uribe is perfectly capable of starting at shortstop short-term. As much as many people want to see Frandsen back in San Francisco, he’d go to waste sitting on the bench behind Uribe and second baseman Emmanuel Burriss.

Unless, of course, the Giants’ braintrust decides that it wants Frandsen, who has played some shortstop at Triple-A, to handle the position instead of Uribe while Renteria mends. Otherwise, the Giants could call up just about anybody.

Many others would like to see first baseman Jesus Guzman get a shot. But he’s another guy who’d go to waste on the bench and should ascend to San Francisco only if he’s going to play more than semi-regularly.

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The note about Sergio Romo was filed shortly before he made his injury rehabilitation debut for Class A San Jose at Visalia. He pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. Expect Romo back soon.

– Chris Haft

 

Despite slugging, Molina gets rest

LOS ANGELES — Most managers would have rushed to scribble Bengie Molina’s name on the lineup card after the catcher’s productive offensive effort Thursday. But not only did Bruce Bochy rest Molina in Friday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the skipper also cited a few sensible reasons for doing so.

One factor Bochy didn’t mention to reporters, because he didn’t have to, is that Molina has not caught Barry Zito’s last three starts. Pablo Sandoval, who started behind the plate Friday, was Zito’s batterymate twice in that span while Steve Holm caught the other game. Zito has been impressive in those three starts, recording a 1.33 ERA (three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings). Call it coincidence or call it a case of Zito and Molina not being on the same wavelength, which both deny. But with Zito pitching, the timing was right to give Molina a break.

Bochy pointed out that he didn’t want to tire Molina, who caught the first four games of this three-city trip. Moreover, Bochy added that the alternating starting time of those games — night-day-night-day — was grueling enough to prompt a breather for Molina.

Molina, said Bochy, will start Saturday and Sunday, thus restoring the Giants’ biggest offensive threat to the lineup. The 34-year-old entered the game tied for third in the National League with 27 RBIs and had seven home runs, compared to nine for the rest of the team.

So it’s not as if Bochy didn’t want to play Molina. But Bochy also wants to keep him fresh for the duration of the season. “It catches up with you,” Bochy said, referring to Molina’s activity. “I was getting concerned early in April.”

As this is being written, the game’s first pitch is about 45 minutes away. Bet on Molina to appear in the game anyway as a pinch-hitter, as he did in each of the three previous games he didn’t start.

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Right-hander Sergio Romo keeps progressing. Bochy said that he threw an extended Spring Training game on Friday and will pitch one more of those games before reporting to high-Class A San Jose on Tuesday, assuming the reliever avoids further physical setbacks. Romo, 26, has been sidelined since late February with a strained elbow.

Bochy mentioned that the Giants envision Romo’s pitching at Triple-A Fresno before rejoining the Giants. But Bochy indicated that this step could be skipped — perhaps if Romo pitches unbelievably well at San Jose; perhaps if there happens to be a crying need for another bullpen arm at the Major League level. “Do we think that [Fresno] is a must? No,” Bochy said.

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The weekly Minor League report issued to the media included the following factoid: Shortstop Brian Bocock was demoted from Double-A Connecticut to San Jose. Bocock, who demonstrated during his Giants stint last year that his hitting wasn’t equal to his fabulous fielding, inspired hopes by hitting a healthy .350 in Cactus League games this year. But his .171 average with Connecticut reflected a regression.

– Chris Haft 

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