After spending all nine years of his MLB career as a member of the San Francisco Giants, new Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo made his debut appearance with the boys in blue in their victory against the San Diego Padres. The right-hander pitched a scoreless sixth inning, a new role the three-time World Series champion is scheduled to have now for the four-time reigning NL West division champions.
Upon returning to the dugout, the excited 34-year-old Romo had a few words of appreciation to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, according to Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue:
“I literally said, ‘Thank you. I appreciate the outing, boss,’” Romo said. “Three games in and I’ve got an opportunity to help out in one. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be here.”
When asked more about his first relief duty now playing for a former rival team, the Brawley, California native was extra pumped to help out his new club by holding the lead:
“I was overly excited, my heart was definitely pounding but I wasn’t nervous at all. The lights are definitely pretty bright out… I was just excited to get my name announced and help out. I was a little amped up, had a little extra on it. [Roberts] told me to be ready from the sixth inning on, and sure enough I pitched in the sixth inning.”
Besides giving up a one-out double, Romo was able to get out of the inning without any serious harm. He started a string of four scoreless innings for the Dodgers bullpen after a strong 2017 debut for Rich Hill, who only allowed one run on two hits while striking out five in as many innings pitched.
If the right-hander can resurrect some of his tricky stuff that made him dangerous for many years while a member of the Giants, he can be a vital asset to the Dodgers bullpen — a struggle the club has had over time but improved on last season.