Moronta fired a clean inning with a strikeout en route to his 13th hold in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Oakland.
Moronta made easy work of the Athletics in the eighth inning, needing just 14 pitches (nine strikes) to retire the side in order. The 26-year-old owns a 2.58 ERA and an 11.7 K/9 over 52.1 innings. Moronta has become the Giants' top right-handed reliever by default after the club traded away Mark Melancon and Sam Dyson at the trade deadline.
Moronta (3-6) took the loss Friday, allowing a run on two hits and a walk as the Giants fell 5-4 to the Rockies.
He was only able to record one out in the seventh inning, allowing the go-ahead double to Ian Desmond, and the Giants were unable to get the reliever off the hook. Moronta has been a solid reliever this season with a 2.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 48.1 innings. He's struck out 64 batters and compiled 12 holds. The right-hander would likely be near the top of the list for save chances should closer Will Smith pick up an injury.
Moronta will become the Giants' top right-handed setup man following the departures of Mark Melancon and Sam Dyson at the trade deadline.
The 26-year-old had been part of a trio of right-handed relievers setting up closer Will Smith, posting a 2.63 ERA with 63 strikeouts over 48 innings. The trade deadline now leaves the hard-throwing Moronta in a traditional righty-lefty setup configuration with Tony Watson. Moronta is currently at his career-best mark of 12 holds, but he should easily surpass that number with increased high-leverage opportunities down the stretch.
Moronta threw two perfect innings with a strikeout in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Arizona.
Moronta had some rough patches earlier in the season but has since lowered his ERA back down to 2.67. The 26-year-old's hot June (7.1 shutout innings) has been a big part of his turnaround. Moronta is still playing with fire when it comes to free passes (5.4 BB/9), but he proved that he can be wildly effective last season (2.84 ERA with a 5.1 BB/9).
Moronta (3-4) pitched a scoreless sixth inning Friday, walking one and striking out one while earning the win in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.
Moronta became the pitcher of record when the Giants scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 26-year-old reliever now has a 3.14 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 28.2 innings. He's struck out 42 batters and notched six holds this year.
Moronta allowed a hit and two walks while striking out two over a scoreless inning in Sunday's 8-1 win over the Orioles.
Moronta got into a bit of trouble after loading the bases in the seventh, but he got out of his own jam with a huge strikeout to end the inning. The flame-throwing righty owns a 3.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 13.5 K/9 through 27.1 innings.
Moronta (1-4) took the loss after giving up a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four over two innings against the Braves on Thursday.
Moronta was tasked with holding off a powerful Braves lineup in extra innings, but he ultimately fell short. The four punchouts were surprisingly not the flamethrower's highest total of the season, as he struck out a career-high five batters Opening Day. Moronta has hit a bit of a rough patch over his last five outings (8.59 ERA), but part of that can be attributed to manager Bruce Bochy asking him to go more than one inning in three of his last four appearances. The 26-year-old owns a modest 3.86 ERA through 23.1 innings.
Moronta gave up one hit and struck out two over a scoreless inning in Sunday's 11-5 loss to the Yankees.
Moronta got off to a slow start this season, but he has since strung together seven scoreless outings with a 13:2 K:BB ratio over that span. The hard-throwing righty has added a changeup (10.1 percent) to his repertoire this offseason, giving him an effective weapon to combat left-handed bats. Moronta's stock was already rising heading into the year, but this new pitch development could raise his ceiling even more. He remains a holds leagues option for the time being.
Moronta gave up one run (a solo home run) on two hits over an inning Monday against the Padres.
Moronta was charged with just one run, but he also allowed Madison Bumgarner's final run to cross home, failing to protect a one-run lead for the Giants. The 2018 standout already has two blown holds through four outings, going 2-for-4 in hold opportunities overall. Moronta has maintained his elevated strikeout rate from a year ago (13.5 K/9), and his ERA is unlikely to stay at its current 5.79 mark.
Moronta fired two scoreless innings while giving up one hit and striking out five in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Padres.
Moronta inherited a rough situation with two on and no outs in the seventh, but he powered his way through the heart of the Padres' order to nab his first hold of the year. The 26-year-old stayed in for the eighth and set a new career high in strikeouts with five over two frames. Moronta was one of the Giants' biggest surprises last season behind Saturday's starter Dereck Rodriguez, and his first appearance is a great sign for a follow-up performance.
Moronta has given up a run and struck out three over two innings this spring.
Moronta was one of the few pleasant surprises in San Francisco last season, breaking out to the tune of a 2.49 ERA and 10.9 K/9 over 65 innings. The 26-year-old did carry an ugly 5.1 BB/9, which is the biggest red flag in regards to whether or not he can replicate last year's ERA in his sophomore campaign. Moronta will be one of several hard-throwing righties lined up behind closer Will Smith to begin the year, and would certainly be in the conversation to replace Smith should anything happen to the closer at any point this season.
Moronta fired a clean inning with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.
Not a whole lot went right for the Giants' bullpen Thursday, but Moronta was one of the few bright spots. The 25-year-old rookie now owns a 1.72 ERA and 10.5 K/9 through 52.1 innings after earning a spot in the bullpen this spring. Moronta continues to skate by with a lofty walk rate (5.0 BB/9), but his mid to high-90s fastball and an ability to limit homers (0.3 HR/9) have helped offset his erratic pitching style.
Moronta picked up his first save of the season Wednesday, striking out the only batter he faced in the win against the Marlins.
Sam Dyson started the ninth inning tasked with protecting a three-run lead, but he allowed a pair of runs and exited with runners on first and second before Moronta locked down the win. Even with regular closer Hunter Strickland (hand) on the disabled list, Moronta likely remains behind Dyson and Tony Watson (who had already appeared in Wednesday's game) in the pecking order for saves, but the 25-year-old has an impressive 1.91 ERA and could be an option down the line if Strickland's replacements continue to struggle.
Moronta gave up a run on two hits while striking out two over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Houston on Tuesday.
It was a rare rough outing for the rookie this season, as evidenced by his 1.66 ERA and 10.0 K/9 over 21.2 innings. Moronta's lack of control (5.8 BB/9) is the main reason his 3.52 FIP is nearly two runs higher than his ERA. The hard-throwing righty will continue to serve as one of manager Bruce Bochy's more reliable middle relievers.
Moronta walked one and struck out one over a scoreless inning in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Angels.
The scoreless outing lowered Moronta's ERA to 0.75 over 12 innings. The hard-throwing righty has struck out a batter per inning, but his lack of control (6.0 BB/9) has resulted in a 4.28 FIP. The 25-year-old's ERA is unlikely to remain below 1.00, but his early success could result in higher-leverage situations going forward if Sam Dyson and Cory Gearrin continue to struggle.
Moronta was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday and will be included on the Giants' Opening Day roster, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The Giants placed Mark Melancon (elbow) on the disabled list, so they needed another live arm to open the season. Moronta has a huge fastball but often doesn't know where it's going. He has the potential to someday develop into a late-inning arm, but will be limited to low-leverage situations initially.
Moronta was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Moronta made his first appearance in the Show at the latter end of the 2017 season. He threw 6.2 innings across seven games, over which he recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks. However, he hasn't delivered during San Francisco's Cactus League outings. Prior to being optioned, Moronta pitched in four games (4.2 innings) and gave up four runs on five hits and five walks. Although he's returning to the Triple-A level, it's entirely possible that he'll return to the big club this season if the Giants need help in the bullpen.
Moronta gave up a hit while striking out three over a scoreless inning Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Moronta was tasked with facing the heart of Arizona's lineup in the sixth inning, and he came through with flying colors, notching notable strikeouts against Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez. The hard-throwing rookie (95.9 mph average fastball) has struck out nine batters over 5.2 innings while posting a 1.59 ERA. Moronta isn't being used in high-leverage situations, but he may have shown enough this September to earn a bullpen job with the Giants next season.
Moronta was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
He has a 2.12 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 17 innings (13 appearances) with Sacramento. Moronta has late-inning stuff, but throwing strikes has always been an issue for him. Look for him to work in low-leverage situations this year, although he could earn a look in high-leverage spots in the future.
Moronta (shoulder) served up two runs on three hits in an inning of work for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
The pitching prospect was activated from the disabled list after two rehab appearances for the Arizona League Giants and was immediately sent to Triple-A, but his first outing went anything but well. The big blow was a two-run homer off the bat of Drew Stubbs, but the more important thing is that Moronta is still healthy following the 19-pitch outing. He'll look to develop further as a member of the River Cats' bullpen.
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