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.
Melancon allowed two homers in Thursday's spring training game, both coming on 92 mph fastballs to the opposite field, Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The two homers are equal to the entire total he allowed with the Giants in 39 innings last season. The good news is that his velocity matched his average fastball from last season.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Melancon could be in the mix for saves to begin the 2019 season, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bochy wouldn't commit to a closer, naming Melancon along with Sam Dyson and Will Smith, who finished the 2018 campaign as the team's endgamer, as possible options. While Melancon showed improvement in his second year with the Giants, posting a 3.23 ERA across 39 innings, Smith still seems like the safer bet to open the 2019 season back in the ninth inning.
Melancon (0-3) gave up one run on one hit -- a walkoff home run -- over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Melancon was called upon in a tie game in the 10th inning and recorded two outs before Tyler O'Neill won the game with a solo shot. The 33-year-old had a run of nine appearances with just one earned run, but he's given up three runs in his last two outings.
Melancon gave up a hit over a scoreless inning while striking out two in Saturday's 3-0 win over Colorado.
Melancon is beginning to look like his former dominant self, posting a 1.74 ERA and 10.5 K/9 over his last 10 appearances. The 33-year-old picked up a couple of saves at the end of August during closer Will Smith's brief slump, but the latter has since righted the ship and even picked up a rare save for San Francisco on Saturday.
Melancon struck out two batters and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth to earn the save in the 3-1 win over Texas on Sunday.
Melancon earned a save in back-to-back games this weekend, making him 3-for-7 in save chances this season. The 33-year-old owns a 2.83 ERA and it appears he could start seeing some more ninth-inning action after closer Will Smith had a couple rough outings Friday and Saturday.
Melancon recorded the final out of Saturday's 5-3 win over the Rangers to pick up his second save of the season.
Will Smith loaded the bases en route to retiring the first two batters in the ninth inning, so Melancon was called in to put out the fire. It's his first save since June 21, and while Smith's job as closer likely isn't in immediate jeopardy, another rough appearance or two could allow Melancon to sneak into the ninth-inning mix.
Melancon gave up a hit over a scoreless inning in Friday's 6-3 loss to Arizona.
This outing was noteworthy because it was the first time Melancon has pitched in back-to-back games since returning from an elbow injury June 3. The former All-Star closer has been used as a setup man this season, and that is unlikely to change following the success Will Smith has had as the club's primary closing option. Friday's outing lowered Melancon's ERA to 3.32 over 21.2 innings, but his 6.2 K/9 and 1.48 WHIP are both the worst of his career.
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