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Giants closer Sergio Romo has successfully converted 30 of 34 save opportunities this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
MIAMI – The Beard. Smoke on the Water. Shooter. The Moon Man.
Throw in Tim Worrell, who really needed a nickname, didn't he?
Sergio Romo joined them as just the sixth pitcher to record a 30-save season in a Giants uniform. He reached that milestone after pitching 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve a 6-4 victory over Miami at Marlins Park.
And afterward, Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged it: He didn’t expect the closer role to be a committee this season, but he expected that he’d need someone else to chair the ninth at regular intervals.
“Going into it, I thought I’d have to keep a close eye on it,” Bochy said. “I thought I’d have to give him a break, use (Jeremy) Affeldt, (Santiago) Casilla, (Javier) Lopez. But he’s stayed strong all year.
“And I shouldn’t say it’s a surprise. It shows you how tough he is, and not just mentally but physically. He’s stronger than you think.”
Romo owns 30 of the Giants’ 31 saves this season. He’s blown just four chances all year, and he’s 39 for 43 since taking over the role in August of last year. That doesn’t count his memorable postseason, of course.
“He’s handled everything so well, everything we’ve thrown at him,” Bochy said. “He knows how to take care of himself. He knows how to warm up. His stuff’s been very good and here we are in August and he’s still getting it done.”
Along with the likes of Brian Wilson, Robb Nen, Rod Beck, Greg Minton and Worrell.