Littell (4-0) got the win in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Atlanta, surrendering two hits with three strikeouts in one inning.
Littell relieved starter Alex Wood in the fourth inning and allowed the first two batters to reach base before striking out the next three Atlanta hitters. The victory was Littell's third in September and he's allowed two runs in eight innings this month across eight appearances.
Littell (3-0) pitched 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn the win Monday over San Diego.
The right-hander again came away with a decision in a bullpen game. Littell relieved Jarlin Garcia with one out in the fourth inning and then stayed on for the fifth in a lopsided contest. Though he's picked up just two saves and five holds, Littell has a strong 2.67 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 54 innings this season, thanks in part to a career-low 0.8 HR/9 and tiny .216 BABIP.
Littell (2-0) got the win in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Dodgers, striking out two in one inning of work.
In another bullpen game for San Francisco, Littell was brought in with two on and none out in the second inning and was able to escape the jam unscathed. The Giants went on to score two runs in the bottom of the inning to make Littell the winner. The 25-year-old has pitched well dating back to the start of August, recording a 1.11 ERA in 16.2 innings across 12 appearances in the stretch.
Littell allowed a run on one hit in 1.2 innings, taking a blown save in Friday's 6-5 loss to Atlanta.
The right-hander allowed two inherited runners from Tony Watson to score on a Jorge Soler in the seventh inning. Littell has allowed runs in back-to-back appearances after starting August with an 8.2-inning scoreless streak. He has a 2.93 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 37:19 K:BB through 46 innings overall, while adding two saves and five holds in a versatile role.
Littell got the save in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rockies, recording the final out of the ninth inning via strikeout.
San Francisco entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead but closer Jake McGee served up a two-run home run and two more baserunners before Littell was called upon by manager Gabe Kapler. The 25-year-old needed just four pitches to dismiss C.J. Cron for his second save in three appearances, with a win sandwiched between them. Since being recalled Aug. 7, Littell is 1-0 with two saves and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
Littell (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced and earned the win Tuesday versus Arizona.
After Jake McGee allowed the tying run to score in the top of the ninth inning, Littell was called upon for the final out of the frame. He then became the beneficiary of San Francisco's walkoff win. Through 37.1 innings, Littell has a 3.13 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 28:17 K:BB while logging one save and five holds. He's starting to see more high-leverage work, but he's not yet a legitimate threat to challenge for save chances.
Littell allowed just one walk and struck out one over two scoreless innings to earn the save in Sunday's 5-4 win over Milwaukee.
After getting called up Saturday, Littell was able to spare a San Francisco bullpen that had been leaned on heavily throughout the series versus Milwaukee. The right-hander protected a one-run lead for two innings to notch his first major-league save and just his third save at any level of professional baseball. Littell has a 3.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 27:17 K:BB and five holds through 37 innings this season. He's not likely to see many additional save chances going forward.
Littell was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Littell was sent down in late July after he gave up three runs in one inning against the Pirates, but he had tossed 6.1 scoreless frames across his six previous outings. He's posted a 3.44 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 34 innings with the Giants this year and will provide an extra arm out of the bullpen after outfielder Steven Duggar was sent down Saturday.
Littell was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Littell has been a passable bullpen option this season, posting a 3.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 25:16 K:BB over 34 innings. The right-hander could rejoin the Giants later in the year if the team needs extra bullpen depth.
Littell allowed three runs on four hits and struck out one in one inning versus Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Littell entered Saturday with a scoreless streak of 6.1 innings, but Pittsburgh rallied against him in the eighth inning of a lopsided contest. The right-hander hadn't allowed multiple runs in an appearance since June 15, which was one of his two turns as an opener this season. Overall, he has a 3.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 25:16 K:BB across 34 innings while adding five holds in 38 outings.
Littell walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning during Friday's 5-3 win over Washington. He earned a hold.
Littell has settled in a bit since a disastrous turn as an opener June 15. In his 11 appearances since then, the reliever has a 2.89 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 5:5 K:BB across 9.1 innings. The right-hander continues to see low-leverage assignments mostly, but he's now picked up five holds with a 3.25 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 27.2 innings this year. With a 4.65 FIP, Littell may struggle to continue producing similar results.
Littell pitched a perfect inning in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Since an ugly turn as an opener June 15 versus Arizona, Littell has bounced back relatively well. He's allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings across his last seven outings. The right-hander has been reasonably effective in a low-leverage role with a 3.33 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 17:11 K:BB across 24.1 innings. However, Littell may not be able to sustain those ratios -- a .235 BABIP has helped limit the damage against him so far this year.
Littell allowed four runs on four hits and two walks without recording an out Tuesday against Arizona. He did not factor in the decision.
The Diamondbacks couldn't have asked for a better offensive start in the contest, collecting four singles and a pair of walks while scoring four times before Littell was lifted without recording an out. The right-hander was working as an opener and wasn't expected to pitch very long, but his inability to retire any batters still qualifies as a disaster despite the fact the Giants eventually came back to win. It remains to be seen how Littell will be deployed going forward, though it wouldn't be surprising if he's no longer asked to open games given the outcome Tuesday.
The Giants announced that Littell will serve as their opening pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports.
Though the team didn't say so officially, Sam Long will almost certainly serve as the primary pitcher behind Littell after the two were effective while working in succession June 9 in Texas. After Littell tossed a scoreless first inning, Long followed with four innings of one-run ball. The Giants likely won't ask Littell to record more than three to six outs Tuesday before he gives way to Long.
Littell allowed a walk and struck out one in one inning as the opener in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-innings loss to Texas. He did not factor in the decision.
Littell got the game going in a positive manner with a fairly strong inning. Wednesday was his first major-league start since 2018. He's been an effective option out of the bullpen with a 1.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB across 17.1 innings this season. The 25-year-old has also picked up four holds, but he remains behind at least Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee when it comes to closing duties.
Littell will start Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Littell will make his first start of the season Wednesday, and he's unlikely to cover more than an inning or two since he has yet to complete two full frames in an appearance in 2020. Sam Long is expected to be promoted from Triple-A and is a likely candidate to follow as the bulk reliever.
Littell allowed two runs on two hits and struck out two in one inning of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Dodgers.
Sunday's outing was just the second time in 15 appearances the right-hander has allowed runs this season. He gave up a two-run home run to Max Muncy in the eighth inning. Littell has been an effective part of San Francisco's bullpen with a 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 12:4 K:BB across 13.2 innings. He's added four holds -- he's in the mix for high-leverage work, although Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers are expected to handle the vast majority of the closing duties.
Littell allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in one inning to earn a hold in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Cincinnati.
The right-hander gave up a solo home run to Nick Castellanos and a single to Tyler Naquin in the eighth inning. Littell has started to feature in high-leverage work, netting three holds in his last four outings. The homer Tuesday was the first run he's allowed in 7.2 innings, and he's added a 1.17 WHIP and 5:3 K:BB in nine appearances. The 25-year-old isn't likely to challenge for save opportunities -- Jake McGee and Tyler Rogers have filled that role for San Francisco this season.
Littell allowed a hit in a scoreless inning to earn a hold in Thursday's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Littell has holds in each of his last two appearances. The 25-year-old right-hander has yet to allow a run across five innings. He's only given up two hits and three walks while striking out three in that span. Littell probably won't challenge for save opportunities, and his 4.29 FIP suggests regression could be coming, although he should still be a fairly effective bullpen option.
Littell allowed one walk and struck out one in one inning during Friday's 3-2 loss to San Diego.
Littell worked the seventh inning with the Giants down by one, and he made a good first impression with his new team. The 25-year-old had an awful 2020 with the Twins, posting a 9.95 ERA and 2.37 WHIP across 6.1 innings. He'll look to regain his 2019 form (2.68 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 32:9 K:BB) if he's able to stick on San Francisco's big-league roster.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/21||@ SD||W 6-5||0.2||2||1||1||1|
|09/19||vs ATL||L 0-3||1.0||1||1||0||2|
|09/18||vs ATL||W 2-0||1||1.0||2||0||0||3|
|09/16||vs SD||L 4-7||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/15||vs SD||L 6-9||0.1||2||1||0||1|
|09/13||vs SD||W 9-1||1||1.2||0||0||0||2|
|09/10||@ CHC||W 6-1||0.2||0||0||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||106.0||19||15||0||6||6||0||98||40||100||3.57||1.321|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||63.0||20||7||0||3||3||1||68||25||55||3.71||1.270|