Tampa Bay Rays closer Sergio Romo did something during Wednesday’s win over the New York Yankees never before done in MLB history.
Romo not only recorded the save, but also played at third base in the game. In the 49 years since the save became an official stat, that has never happened.
Earlier today, Sergio Romo became the first player to play third base and be credited with a save in the same game since the save became an official MLB stat in 1969 pic.twitter.com/WehjFRF2sA
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 25, 2018
So, how exactly did this happen?
Romo entered the game with one out in the eighth inning. He retired Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres. Kevin Cash then wanted to use lefty Johnny Venters against Greg Bird to start the ninth, but also wanted Romo available for the string of right-handed bats after Bird. So, he hid Romo at third, put Venters in to pitch, and hoped for the best.
Venters retired Bird on a groundout to second. So, Romo was successfully hidden. Romo then returned to the mound. While the next two hitters did reach, he eventually retired Austin Romine and Brett Gardner to end the game.
Interestingly, this is not the first time in 2018 that Romo has carved himself a unique piece of MLB history. When Tampa began using Romo as the “opener” in May, he became the first pitcher in six years to start on consecutive days for his team.