Otero gets trial by fire in Major League debut

Otero gets trial by fire in Major League debut

PHOENIX -- Welcome to the Giants bullpen, Dan Otero.

Manager Bruce Bochy believes that any of his relievers can thrive in key situations. So Bochy allowed Otero to make his Major League debut in Saturday's fifth inning under somewhat critical circumstances. The Giants trailed, 4-2, and the Arizona Diamondbacks had their 3-4-5 hitters, Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Chris Young, due up.

Otero yielded Montero's single and Young's RBI double, but recovered to escape a two-on, two-out jam before proceeding to throw a scoreless sixth inning. The Giants ultimately lost, 5-4.

"At first I was a little overly excited," said Otero, a 21st-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft who spent the previous five seasons toiling in the Giants' farm system. "I wish I had thrown two zeros. We'd still be playing right now."

Otero's fifth-inning lapse didn't bother Bochy.

"This spring, he showed great poise and a lot of confidence. That's why he made the club," Bochy said.

Mostly, Otero felt proud to break into the bigs.

"All in all, I felt I did a decent job," said Otero, whose parents and fiancee were in the Chase Field stands. "I gave up the game-winning run, so that's not exciting. But I'll remember this day forever."