CINCINNATI -- Sergio Romo delivered a crystal-clear message when asked if he would be available in Game 4 of the National League Division Series after he tossed two scoreless innings less than 24 hours earlier.
"This is [the] playoffs," the Giants reliever said.
The Giants teetered on the brink of elimination Tuesday, when Romo completed two innings for just the second time all season. They face the same scenario Wednesday and will again Thursday should the club force a decisive Game 5.
"We fight to get here," Romo said. "This is what we push for all season long. There is no time to step back and think of myself. It's for everybody else, for everybody playing orange and black. If I get asked to pitch [Wednesday], I'm very ready and very willing."
But is he able?
"At this stage, they're all going to say 'I'm good' or 'I'm fine,'" Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But it's up to us to get a read on them."
The Reds opted not to extend closer Aroldis Chapman past one inning of work Tuesday, despite an electric showing that required only 15 pitches, the last one a 100-mph heater that whizzed past Pablo Sandoval's helpless lumber. Cincinnati skipper Dusty Baker cited Chapman's potential unavailability in ensuing contests as the reason he elected not to trot out the Cuban southpaw for another frame.
Bochy, on the other hand, relied on Romo and lefty Jeremy Affeldt each for a pair of innings Tuesday. Had the Giants not taken the lead in the 10th inning when Joaquin Arias reached on a two-out error, Bochy said he would have pinch-hit for Romo. Had that sequence of events unfolded, Tim Lincecum, who was warming in the bullpen, appeared ready to toe the rubber next. Instead, Bochy indicated Wednesday that the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner could provide the Giants with four or five innings of relief if necessary.
That could ease the burden on Affeldt, Romo and the rest of San Francisco's 'pen. But this is the playoffs, and as Romo suggested, the pitchers aren't going to shy away from a chance to contribute.
"That's up to [pitching coach] Dave Righetti and myself to look at them and see where they're at as far as with their stuff," Bochy said. "But at this stage, a lot of times you're running on adrenaline -- all the players are, both sides, every team in the postseason. Still, you have to keep a watchful eye on them so you don't wear them down."