Leone earned the save in Saturday's 2-0 triumph over Atlanta, allowing one hit in the ninth inning. With closer Jake McGee on the IL, manager Gabe Kapler turned to Leone to lock down San Francisco's 97th victory. Look for the 29-year-old to remain a key piece in the Giants' pen with a 1.80 ERA in September and a 1.72 mark for the year.
Leone (3-4) gave up two runs on two hits while striking out one over one-third of an inning to take the loss against San Diego on Wednesday. The right-hander had excelled in his previous stints as an opener, but he couldn't get it done against the Padres on Wednesday. Leone allowed a pair of hits to open the contest, and though he followed by striking out Manny Machado, both runners eventually came around to score after his departure. San Francisco is still dealing with a shorthanded rotation, so Leone could get another turn as an opener depending on when Alex Wood (COVID-19) and Johnny Cueto (elbow) are able to return to the rotation.
Leone will start Wednesday's game versus the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Leone will get a fourth turn as an opener, a role he's filled frequently in the last couple of weeks. He can be expected to cover 1-to-2 innings in the contest, which is essentially another bullpen game as manager Gabe Kapler deals with a shorthanded rotation. Through 7.2 innings in September, Leone has allowed two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four over 7.2 innings.
Leone allowed a hit and struck out one batter in two scoreless innings as the opener in Monday's win over San Diego. He did not factor in the decision. Leone needed just 18 pitches (15 strikes) to roll through two shutout frames in Monday's victory. It didn't hurt that the Giants' offense racked up five runs in the first inning. The 29-year-old lowered his ERA to 1.41 through 46 appearances this season and has given up just one earned run over his last 14 innings.
Leone pitched two perfect innings as the opener in Friday's 6-1 win over Chicago. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision. Friday was just the second multi-inning appearance of the year for Leone, but he delivered strong work in his second turn as an opener. He's produced excellent ratios this year with a 1.48 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 40:20 K:BB across 42.2 innings. Leone could see additional opening opportunities while Alex Wood (COVID-19) and Johnny Cueto (elbow) remain unavailable, as manager Gabe Kapler has shown little hesitation to use a bullpen game to address an understaffed rotation.
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