08/27/08 2:41 AM ET
Romo a bright spot in Giants' loss
Palmer allows five runs before demotion; Taschner tapped
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"He's commanding his pitches and mixing it up," Bochy said. "When you do that, you're probably going to have success up here."Basic baseball economics also favor Romo, 25. He's not eligible for salary arbitration, unlike left-hander Jack Taschner and right-hander Tyler Walker, who have shared the setup role this season. Granted, Taschner and Walker probably will be bargains compared to any competent reliever on the free-agent market, where a bullpen specialist can command approximately $4 million annually. "It's kind of hard to believe that last year I was in A ball," Romo said. "I feel proud and privileged to be in the situation I'm in."
Romo received some fresh competition after the game, when the Giants optioned right-hander Matt Palmer to Fresno and recalled right-hander Osiris Matos from Triple-A. Matos was 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 13 appearances for the Giants during July and early August, although he might return to the Minors once left-hander Jonathan Sanchez is activated from the disabled list to start at Colorado on Monday."This is a great opportunity for all these young guys, and that's why they're up here, so we can get a good look at them," Bochy said. "You're hoping that they show that they don't want to go back to the Minor Leagues." Palmer (0-2) couldn't avoid that fate. He allowed four third-inning runs and disappeared as the Rockies added a run in the fifth. Colorado essentially settled matters by scoring twice off Taschner in the seventh. The Giants grabbed a temporary 1-0 lead in the second inning as Rich Aurilia and Randy Winn doubled off Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa (7-7). The Rockies overshadowed that with their big third, which featured two-run singles by Garrett Atkins and Chris Iannetta. San Francisco responded with an unearned run in the fourth, but Colorado countered in the seventh as Ian Stewart and Troy Tulowitzki stroked RBI singles. The Giants fell to 10-9 in their stretch of 20 consecutive games that ends Wednesday with ace Tim Lincecum on the mound. "Maybe the guys are dragging a little bit, but I'm sure we'll bounce back tomorrow," said Aurilia, who went 3-for-4. "We've got Timmy out there and hopefully we'll come out swinging the bats."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.