Hatcher grabbed his fifth hold in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Phillies, firing 1.1 scoreless innings in which he allowed no hits or walks while recording a strikeout. Hatcher has settled in nicely this month, with Sunday's outing serving as his seventh consecutive scoreless effort. The 32-year-old had given up earned runs in three straight appearances between late August and early September, but his recent stretch of success has lowered his ERA from 5.63 to 2.81.
Hatcher tossed a clean ninth inning to collect his first save of the season Wednesday against the Angels. Blake Treinen was likely unavailable after tossing three innings over the previous two games, leaving Hatcher to close the game out in his place. Even if he does see a few save opportunities down the stretch, his 4.53 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 47.2 innings this season make him an unappealing option.
Hatcher (0-1) allowed two earned runs on a hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 10-8 loss to the Angels. He also recorded a strikeout and was charged with his first blown save. The one hit he gave up made all the difference, as Hatcher surrendered a 380-foot shot to Cliff Pennington with the bases jammed, giving the Angels a 10-8 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The 32-year-old right-hander has given up three earned runs in the one inning encompassing his last two appearances, a stretch that's caused his ERA to balloon from 1.50 to 5.14.
Hatcher notched his first hold in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Astros, allowing two hits and recording a strikeout over one-third of an inning. While it wasn't exactly smooth, Hatcher was able to protect the one-run lead he inherited when taking over for starter Jharel Cotton with one on in the seventh. After surrendering a single to Jake Marisnick, the 32-year-old right-hander got a huge out by striking out George Springer to snuff out the threat. Hatcher now has three straight scoreless outings since being acquired from the Dodgers on Aug. 15, and if his early usage is any indication, he could see plenty of work for the balance of the campaign.
Hatcher was traded to the Athletics from the Dodgers on Tuesday for international bonus pool money. Hatcher, who has compiled a 4.66 ERA and 43:12 K:BB through 36.2 innings this season, will likely slot into a middle-relief role for Oakland, though he could work his way into higher-leverage situations if he pitches well.