Romo (1-1) took the loss Friday as the A's were downed 11-10 by the Blue Jays, failing to record an out in the ninth inning while giving up three hits capped by a walkoff three-run home run by Marcus Semien. The right-hander completed a total meltdown by the Oakland bullpen that saw three relievers, including erstwhile closer Lou Trivino, cough up nine runs in the final two frames. Romo was still the guy stuck with the blown save though, his third of the year, and while Trivino's recent back spasms and poor performances may have thrown open the ninth-inning role, Romo isn't making a strong case to claim it with a 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over his last nine appearances and 8.2 innings.
Romo earned the save Thursday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers. He allowed one walk and no hits while striking out one. Romo was tasked with protecting a two-run lead in the ninth and worked around a walk to Robbie Grossman to collect his second save of the season. Both saves came within the last week while Lou Trivino deals with back spasms. Overall this year, Romo has compiled a 3.02 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over 52 innings.
Romo earned the save Saturday against the Yankees despite allowing two runs and two hits across one inning with no walks or strikeouts. Romo needed 16 pitches to close things out in the ninth and he was far from effective, giving up a two-run shot to Aaron Judge that made it a one-run game with two outs to go. Fortunately for Oakland, Romo retired Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo to clinch his first save of the campaign. The two runs allowed on Judge's blast were the first ones he's allowed since Aug. 13, and he has given up just three runs across 11.2 innings (11 appearances) this month.
Romo, who allowed a hit and a walk while recording three strikeouts during a scoreless ninth inning in a loss to the Giants on Sunday, now sports an 0.93 ERA across the 9.2 innings he's logged over his last nine appearances. The sample dates back to July 30, and Romo has allowed just one earned run in his last 21 appearances overall. The right-hander has only a modest four holds over the latter span, however, which has somewhat capped his overall fantasy value in formats that count that statistic.
Romo fired a scoreless eighth inning in a win over the Angels on Thursday, issuing one walk. Aside from a free pass to Shohei Ohtani, Romo exhibited his trademark sharpness. The veteran reliever sported an ugly 12.79 ERA through his first seven appearances this season, but he's bounced back to post a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 0.3 HR/9 and six holds over the 32 innings covering his last 35 outings.
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