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 is scheduled to start Monday against the Padres in what amounts to a bullpen game, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Leone will pick up his third start in eight days while the Giants currently have only three healthy rotation options (Kevin Gausman, Logan Webb and Anthony DeSclafani) on the 28-man active roster. The Giants are expected to call up Scott Kazmir from Triple-A Sacramento later this week to serve as a starting option or primary pitcher out of the bullpen, but the team will likely use multiple relievers after Leone exits Monday's contest. In his last turn as an opener Saturday, Leone worked two innings, tying his longest outing of the season.
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.
Leone will be the first pitcher on the mound for what's expected to be a bullpen game Friday against the Cubs, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Leone made the first start of his eight-year career Sunday as part of a similar setup. He threw just a single inning in that game and has recorded more than three outs in just one of his 44 appearances this season, so don't expect him to throw much more than one frame Friday.
Leone pitched a perfect inning in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.
The 29-year-old was called upon to start San Francisco's second consecutive bullpen game, and he got the job done in the first inning. Leone did not factor in the decision, as he hasn't worked more than one inning since his second appearance of the year back in June. He's been good in a high-leverage role with a 1.82 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 38:20 K:BB across 39.2 innings while adding a save, 13 holds and a 3-3 record this year.
Leone will start Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Manager Gabe Kapler will employ a bullpen game for the second consecutive day, with Leone leading the way in the series finale versus Los Angeles. The right-hander has pitched more than an inning on one occasion this season, so it's safe to say he won't pitch deep enough to qualify for a victory.
Leone (3-3) was tagged with the loss in relief Wednesday against Milwaukee after allowing one run on one hit and one walk while fanning one across two-thirds of an inning.
Leone pitched the seventh inning and quickly retired Luis Urias and Rowdy Tellez for the first two outs, but the wheels came off thereafter. He walked Lorenzo Cain and allowed a Jackie Bradley single in the next at-bat and departed with runners on the corners before exiting. Ultimately, Cain would end up scoring, and as a result, Leone was tagged with the loss despite retiring the first two batter he faced. The right-hander has now given up runs in each of his last two appearances but still owns a decent 2.70 ERA across 13.1 innings (16 outings) since the beginning of August.
Leone (3-2) fired a perfect seventh inning while striking out two, earning the win over the Athletics on Sunday.
Leone entered the game with the Giants down a run in the seventh inning and retired the side in order. The Giants took the lead in the next inning, giving him the win. He has allowed just two runs in 13 innings over his last 15 appearances. The 29-year-old has a 1.57 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 34.1 innings this season.
Leone earned the save Tuesday against the Mets after striking out the only batter he faced.
Leone had the task of recording the final out of the game after Jarlin Garcia retired two batters and allowed a hit in the top of the ninth. The right-hander struck out Kevin Pillar on three pitches and earned his first save of the season as a result, though he's only gone 1-for-3 in save opportunities. He also has 10 holds while posting an excellent 1.72 ERA across 31.1 innings, so he should continue to see high-leverage work even if he's not going to have many save chances going forward.
Leone (2-2) allowed two earned runs on two hits and one walk while recording just one out, taking the loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Leone entered the sixth inning in a tie game. He allowed the first three batters to reach base safely, leading to a pair of runs. He had nine scoreless innings over his last previous nine outings. The 29-year-old boasts a 1.76 ERA and 1.04 WHIP this season. In addition, he has a 9.4 K/9 over 30.2 innings.
Leone has allowed four runs (two earned) in his last four innings spanning five appearances.
In that span, the right-hander has yielded five hits and five walks while striking out five. He's had just one clean outing in that stretch. Leone has been solid in the middle innings with a 1.61 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, six holds and two blown saves across 22.1 innings, but he's experienced some regression after pitching incredibly after he was called up June 1.
Leone allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning to earn a hold in Friday's 5-3 win over Washington.
Leone has emerged as a reliable arm in the bridge to the late-innings duo of Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee. Through 17 appearances, Leone has a 1.04 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 17.1 innings. He's added five holds, two blown saves and a 2-0 record. With an FIP of 2.59, the right-hander's success so far should be fairly sustainable, although he's limited opponents to a .195 BABIP that will likely tick higher in the second half of the season.
Leone (2-0) earned the win in Saturday's 6-5 triumph over the Diamondbacks, allowing a walk with two strikeouts in one inning.
Leone pitched an easy seventh inning and was put in line for the win after Austin Slater smashed a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to give San Francisco a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The righty hasn't allowed a run in his last 12.1 innings and owns a sparkling 1.17 ERA on the season.
Leone (1-0) allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out one in one inning in Wednesday's extra-innings win over the Angels.
Leone yielded a game-tying RBI single to Juan Lagares in the bottom of the 12th inning. The right-hander became the pitcher of record when San Francisco's offense exploded for seven runs in the 13th. The win was Leone's first of the year in 11 appearances, and he's collected three holds. He's added a 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 14:3 K:BB across 11.2 innings. Leone could see some high-leverage work, but Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers have handled virtually all of the save chances this year.
Leone struck out two in a perfect inning to earn a hold in Friday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia.
The right-hander was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on June 1, and he's delivered solid work out of the bullpen so far. Leone has a 2.08 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB across 8.2 innings. He's also seen some high-leverage work, recording three holds in eight appearances. He's found success with a 95.2 mph average velocity on his fastball, up from 94.8 last year, though he's had some luck in holding opposing batters to a .158 BABIP so far.
Leone allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Angels.
Leone kept the blowout from getting worse in the ninth inning of the loss. The veteran right-hander last appeared in the majors with Cleveland, where he had an 8.38 ERA and 1.97 WHIP across 9.2 innings last season. He'll likely begin his San Francisco career in a low-leverage relief role.
The Giants promoted Leone from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group reports.
The righty has excelled in nine Triple-A innings this year, posting a 1.00 ERA with 16 strikeouts and just three walks. Having pitched in 241 career games, Leone should provide added depth to the Giants' bullpen.
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|09/21||@ SD||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/18||vs ATL||W 2-0||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/17||vs ATL||W 6-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/15||vs SD||L 6-9||1||0.1||2||2||0||1|
|09/13||vs SD||W 9-1||2.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/10||@ CHC||W 6-1||2.0||0||0||0||2|
|09/06||@ COL||W 10-5||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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|2013||AFA-High Desert Maverick||39.2||29||0||0||0||1||12||37||9||31||2.53||1.020|