Melancon didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday against Philadelphia.
Melancon was called upon to protect a one-run lead and had no issue doing so, setting down the Phillies in order on just 12 pitches. He now has 12 saves on the season, 11 of which have come since he was dealt to Atlanta. While the save chances split between him and Shane Greene were originally unclear when they were acquired, Melancon has now locked down 11 of the team's last 13 save chances. He has pitched fairly effectively in his tenure with the team, particularly of late: He has turned in scoreless appearances in 10 of his last 12 outings.
Melancon allowed two hits but didn't yield a run during the ninth inning to record his 11th save in a 3-1 victory against the Phillies on Wednesday.
The veteran closer is a perfect 10-for-10 in save chances since receiving his first with Atlanta on Aug. 13. There have been plenty of opportunities as well with the Braves winning 11 of the last 13. Melancon is 5-2 with 11 saves, 3.92 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 62 innings with the Giants and Braves this season.
Melancon struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 10th save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Nationals.
Shane Greene got the save the night before but worked as a set-up man in this one, leaving ninth-inning duties to Melancon once again. The veteran right-hander has a 20:2 K:BB in 14.2 innings and has converted all nine of his save chances since joining the Atlanta bullpen, but his 5.52 ERA is far less impressive, making it tough to gauge just how much job security Melancon actually has.
Melancon struck out the side in the ninth to nail down a 6-3 victory and earn his ninth save against the Blue Jays.
The 34-year-old's ERA isn't where owners would like to see it from a closer, but since joining the Braves, he's converted eight straight save opportunities. His strikeout stuff has returned too, as he has 18 punchouts in his last 11.2 frames. Melancon is 5-2 with nine saves, no blown opportunities, a 3.81 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 59 innings with the Giants and Braves this season.
Melancon struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning Sunday, earning the save over the White Sox.
Melancon is now a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances this season, including seven saves with the Braves since Aug. 13. The 34-year-old's 3.88 ERA isn't ideal but he should remain the team's closer down the stretch.
Melancon notched the save Sunday against the Mets after allowing one run on three hits over one inning of work.
Melancon entered the contest in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, and after surrendering a run on a fielder's choice, he managed to induce a groundout to end the ballgame. The 34-year-old right-hander has nailed down five saves over his last seven appearances, and he sits with a 3.97 ERA with 57 punchouts over 56.2 innings this season.
Melancon picked up the save by striking out one in a scoreless 14th inning Friday against the Mets.
Melancon retired the three batters he faced without issue to end the marathon contest. He's now registered a save in four of his last six appearances, and he continues to make a strong case to remain Atlanta's closer moving forward.
Melancon struck out one through a hitless and scoreless inning to record his fourth save in a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Sunday.
Melancon made quick work of the Dodgers to nail down his fourth save, his second of the series, and he now has a save in three of his last five appearances. The Atlanta closer situation is still a committee, but Shane Greene pitched in the eighth inning of this contest, so it will be interesting to watch how they are used going forward.
Melancon gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.
The veteran reliever now has saves in two of his last four appearances for Atlanta, but he's been tagged for six total runs in the other two. Shane Greene struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning Saturday, and it's his performance as much as Melancon's own that will determine how long Melancon can hang onto ninth-inning duties for Atlanta.
Melancon struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his second save of the season -- and first since joining the Atlanta bullpen -- in a 5-3 win over the Mets.
Luke Jackson worked a clean seventh inning while Shane Greene struggled again in the eighth, so it looks like Melancon will have a bit of a leash as Atlanta's new closer. The veteran right-hander has now held the opposition scoreless in five of six appearances for his new club with a 7:1 K:BB in 4.2 innings.
Melancon struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning during Friday's 8-4 win over the Marlins.
His first work since being named Atlanta's new closer came in a non-save situation, but Melancon still got the job done. Shane Greene picked up a hold in the eighth inning but allowed an inherited runner to score, ruining the potential save chance for Melancon, and their respective performances Friday don't hint at Greene getting the closer job back any time soon.
Melancon will serve as Atlanta's closer moving forward, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Shane Greene has struggled since joining the Braves, surrendering five runs over 3.1 innings of work, so skipper Brian Snitker will roll with Melancon out of the closer's role moving forward. The right-hander tossed a scoreless frame Friday night in an 8-4 win over Miami, and he'll be the top option in save situations until further notice. Greene figures to shift to a setup role for the time being.
Melancon was traded from the Giants to the Braves on Wednesday in exchange for Tristan Beck and Dan Winkler, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Melancon is one of three relievers -- including Shane Green and Chris Martin (back) -- acquired by the Braves in the past two days as the team looks to shore up its bullpen for the stretch run. The veteran right-hander compiled a 3.50 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 44:16 K:BB in 46.1 innings with the Giants. He figures to settle into a setup role with the Braves, with Greene likely to see the majority of save chances.
Melancon (4-2) picked up the win Friday with two strikeouts in a perfect 10th inning versus the Padres in a 2-1 win.
Melancon became the pitcher of record when Pablo Sandoval smacked a solo shot in the 11th inning to put the Giants ahead, and closer Will Smith secured the victory. Melancon has now pitched 7.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last six outings, lowering his ERA from 4.15 to 3.57 in that span.
Melancon recorded the final out of Wednesday's 11-8 win at Colorado to earn his first save.
The Giants entered the ninth inning with a six-run lead, but Melancon had to be called upon to secure the final out with the tying run on deck. Closer Will Smith pitched the previous two days and allowed three runs Tuesday, allowing Melancon the chance to earn his first save of the year. The 34-year-old has a 4.02 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 37:16 K:BB through 40.1 innings this season.
Melancon (3-2) took the loss after allowing four baserunners and giving up the winning run over one-third of an inning in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Melancon recorded his lone out after giving up a leadoff single in the 10th inning, but two consecutive walks got the reliever into hot water. Tim Locastro eventually delivered the game-winning single, giving Melancon his second loss of the season. The 34-year-old has generally been effective as one of the Giants' setup men this year (3.16 ERA, 8.3 K/9), but he occasionally turns in a dud interspersed with outings that remind fantasy owners of his prime years. For now, Melancon is just a stash candidate for future saves in the event steady closer Will Smith is moved at the trade deadline.
Melancon owns a 2.31 ERA and 2.4 K/BB through 23.1 innings this season.
Melancon has quietly got his career back on track after struggling with both performance and health through his first two seasons in San Francisco. The 34-year-old isn't as untouchable (7.3 K/9 and 1.24 WHIP) as he used to be when he was one of the league's top closers from 2013 to 2016, but the results are certainly a step back in the right direction. Will Smith is firmly entrenched as the Giants' closer, but Melancon -- and his seemingly unmovable contract -- could be a candidate to close if the former is dealt at the trade deadline.
Melancon has yet to be used in a save situation this season.
Manager Bruce Bochy said in mid-April that Melancon would get some saves, but he's yet to be given the chance. The veteran's ERA was unblemished through his first 10 outings, but he's allowed three runs in his last two appearances. It may take an injury to current closer Will Smith (or a midseason trade) for Melancon to stake a claim for the role, though Sam Dyson (who has one save) could still be ahead of him.
Melancon is expected to get some chances in save situations this season, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
While the Giants' primary closer remains Will Smith, manager Bruce Bochy noted that Melancon could get some chances in the ninth inning as the season unfolds. He's been stellar for the Giants in a setup role so far in 2019 and has yet to allow a run over 10 innings of work.
Melancon struck out a batter without allowing a baserunner over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 7-2 win over San Diego.
Melancon has gotten off to a strong start in 2019, posting a 0.00 ERA and 0.88 WHIP through his first six appearances. The 34-year-old only has two strikeouts over that span, but the slow start in punchouts can't be attributed to diminished stuff, as his cutter is averaging a healthy 92.1 mph. Melancon will look to continue re-establishing himself from the setup role after losing the majority of the last two seasons to injury.
|10/9/2019 vs St. Louis|
|vs St. Louis||2.0||0||0||9.00||0||0||1|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 13 || 14 || 15 || 16 || 17 || 18 || 19
| 20 || 21 || 22 || 23 || 24 || 25 || 26
|More Pitching Stats|
|Postseason Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AAA-Round Rock Express||1||0||0.00||3||0||0||0||1||4.0||5||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||0||0||0.83||21||0||0||0||11||21.2||15||2||2||0||2||3||27|
|2017||AFA-San Jose Giants||0||0||13.50||3||3||0||0||0||2.2||6||4||4||1||1||0||4|
|2017||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||0||0||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|