Watson was acquired by the Giants from the Angels in exchange for Sam Selman, Ivan Armstrong and Josh Marte on Friday. Watson spent the previous three seasons with the Giants before signing with the Angels during the offseason, and he'll return to his former team ahead of the trade deadline. The veteran lefty will bolster the bullpen and should fill a middle relief role.
Watson (3-3) pitched a perfect inning to pick up the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. The southpaw came into the contest with two outs and two runners on base in the seventh inning of a tie game. He got Austin Meadows to ground out to end the threat, then became the pitcher of record when Phil Gosselin led off the eighth with a solo home run. Watson retired the only two batters he faced in the bottom of the frame and earned the win when Raisel Iglesias converted a four-out save. Over his past four outings, Watson has held opponents without a run across three innings, though he hasn't registered any strikeouts over that span.
Watson (2-3) was unable to retire any batters in his appearance against Oakland on Wednesday, allowing six runs on five hits and one walk to take the loss. Watson entered the contest in the sixth inning with the Angels ahead by two runs. By the time he left, Oakland had seized the lead without making any additional outs. The southpaw wasn't exactly pummeled -- all five hits against him were singles (including one that didn't leave the infield) -- and the one free pass he issued was intentional, but the outing ranks as the worst of his career. Per Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Watson had never before allowed more than four runs in any appearance. The veteran reliever's ERA shot up from 3.43 to 6.00 as a result of the disastrous performance, but Watson should retain a prominent role in the Angels' bullpen.
Watson suffered a blown save in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Athletics after allowing a run on one hit and two walks. over two-third of an inning. Watson entered to begin the eighth frame with the Angels up one and ended up walking two batters before allowing a run to score on a rushed throw to first base. He was replaced by Raisel Iglesias who was able to bail him out of any more trouble. Watson still owns a solid 2.25 ERA and has a 12:5 K:BB and three holds over 16 innings.
Watson (2-2) took the loss Wednesday against Cleveland after allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out a batter in two-thirds of an inning. Watson came in to relieve Shohei Ohtani with two outs in the fifth and struck out Eddie Rosario to get out of the inning. He came back out for the sixth and issued a leadoff walk to Jose Ramirez who wound up scoring the go-ahead run on an infield single. The 36-year-old left-hander owns a 2.57 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and an 11:2 K:BB over 14 innings in his first season with the Angels.
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