Coonrod surrendered two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. Coonrod entered the eighth inning with a five-run lead, but the righty's struggles helped contribute to the Pirates getting back into the game. The 26-year-old has pitched relatively well for the Giants this season, posting a 3.22 ERA despite carrying an ugly 1.4 K/BB ratio through 22.1 innings. The timing of Coonrod's rough outing couldn't have been worse, as closer Will Smith (back) was unavailable, and it was rookie Shaun Anderson who came in to clean up the mess created for his first career save. The latter figures to see any additional save chances until Smith is ready to return, while Coonrod projects to stick in middle relief.
Coonrod (3-0) retired both batters he faced and earned the win in Saturday's 10-5 victory over the Athletics. Coonrod recorded the final two outs of the seventh inning and became the pitcher of record when the Giants rallied for eight runs in the eighth. The 26-year-old has allowed four runs on five hits and six walks across 9.2 innings in August. Overall, he has a 2.55 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 17.2 innings this season despite an unsightly 10:10 K:BB.
Coonrod walked a batter over a scoreless inning in Thursday's 10-2 loss to the Phillies. Coonrod was one of just two pitchers who managed to hold the Phillies' bats scoreless in a blowout loss. The 26-year-old has given up just one run over nine innings this year (7:5 K:BB ratio). Continued success could lead to the rookie seeing increased hold opportunities after the Giants dealt two of their right-handed relievers at the deadline.
Coonrod did not allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Cubs. Coonrod needed just five pitches to make quick work of a portion of the Cubs' lineup that consisted of Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez. The 26-year-old has performed well when called upon in brief stints in the majors this year, giving up just one run and striking out four over six innings. Coonrod will likely find himself back in the minors when the Giants require a fifth starter late next week.
Coonrod was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. Coonrod has made four appearances for the Giants this season, allowing one run in four innings of work. He owns a poor 6.96 ERA in 32.1 innings for Sacramento. Conner Menez was optioned in a corresponding move.