Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 days ago

Melancon escaped with his 43rd save of the season Saturday despite surrendering a two-run home run to Todd Hundley.

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Mark Melancon RP PIT 3 days ago

Melancon pitched a clean ninth inning to record his 42nd save as the Pirates downed the Rockies 5-3 Friday night.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon notched his 28th save of the season Tuesday, allowing a lone hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

He's got 23 saves and a win in his last 28 appearances since May 9. Named to the All-Star team, Melancon hasn't blown a save since April 21. His velocity still might be down slightly, but it's doubtful anyone is complaining anymore.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon recorded his third save in four days Sunday, making it possible the Pirates keep him off the mound Monday against San Diego.

Manager Clint Hurdle typically doesn't like to use his relievers three straight days. Tony Watson would likely close if Melancon is not available.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Indians on Sunday to earn his 27th save of the season.

With his second save of the series, Melancon moved back into a tie with the Twins' Glen Perkins for the major-league lead with 27. Melancon has now gone 25 straight appearances without allowing an earned run, with a mere three walks issued over that span.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon picked up his 26th save of the season Saturday, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

If you took a chance on Melancon after his rough April congratulations, as he's allowed just one earned run in the two-plus months since while racking up a 20:4 K:BB ratio in 28.2 innings. With the Pirates gunning for the postseason, his spot as closer seems very secure.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon picked up a win, allowing just one walk while striking out one in a scoreless tenth inning against the Braves on Friday night.

With the game tied 2-2, Melancon (1-1, 1.72 ERA) pitched the top of the tenth inning before his mates picked up a run in the bottom of the frame to make him a winner. There was considerable concern early in the year when his velocity was down sharply, but his velocity has been ticking up and his effectiveness is following suit.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon tied Minnesota's Glen Perkins for the league lead in saves with his 23rd save Thursday -- and third in as many days -- in a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

He's totaled 33 pitches in those three games and will likely be unavailable Friday, given manager Clint Hurdle's history of resting him after three straight appearances. Tony Watson, who was held back Thursday, would likely take Melancon's closer duties for the night if the team rests its stopper.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 2 months ago

Melancon registered his major-league leading 22nd save Wednesday against the White Sox.

He needed 12 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side in order. Since May 17, Melancon has picked up a whopping 14 saves in 14 opportunities. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 28.1 innings.

Mark Melancon RP PIT 3 months ago

Melancon notched his 20th save of the season Saturday, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.

His strikeout rate remains far off his typical 9.0 K/9 pace, and he's got just a 9:2 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings since the end of April, but Melancon keeps finding a way to get the job done.