Watson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning versus San Diego on Thursday. Prior to Thursday, Watson hadn't given up a run and allowed just one hit and one walk across his previous 7.1 innings, picking up three holds in that span. The left-hander has posted a 3.44 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB in 18.1 innings since the Giants acquired him from the Angels at the trade deadline. His ERA has been inflated by a pair of outings in which he's allowed three runs each -- he's kept runs off the board in 17 of his last 20 appearances.
Watson (5-4) took the loss Friday versus Atlanta. He recorded one out via strikeouts while yielding three runs on two hits and a walk. The left-hander gave up an RBI double to Ozzie Albies before Zack Littell yielded a three-run home run to Jorge Soler. The go-ahead run was charged to Watson, resulting in his first loss in his second stint with the Giants. His ERA ticked up to 4.36 with a 1.11 WHIP and 33:15 K:BB through 43.1 innings. Friday was the fourth time in 47 appearances and the first since a six-run meltdown June 16 that Watson had allowed multiple runs in an appearance.
Watson (5-3) allowed one run on three hits in one inning and earned the win Wednesday over the Mets. The 36-year-old was on the hook for the loss after allowing an RBI double to Dominic Smith in the sixth inning. San Francisco replied with a two-run double from Brandon Crawford in the seventh, and that lead held to earn Watson's second win since he rejoined San Francisco at the trade deadline. It was the first run he's allowed in 10 innings in August, and he's collected three holds in that stretch. For the year, the southpaw has a 3.77 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32:14 K:BB, and he should see some high-leverage work even if he typically enters games around the seventh inning.
Watson (4-3) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two to earn the win Sunday versus Milwaukee. The reliever kept the game tied at 4-4, and he was still in the game when Tommy La Stella's RBI single in the eighth inning put San Francisco ahead. Watson's second stint with the Giants has started well -- he's on a 4.1 inning scoreless streak. For the season, the southpaw has a 4.10 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 30:14 K:BB and 12 holds through 37.1 innings, though he's been more of a middle-innings option with San Francisco.
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.
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