Hernandez threw two scoreless innings Saturday against the Giants, striking out five of the six batters he faced to notch his sixth hold of the season. With the outing, Hernandez lowered his ERA to 2.89 and his WHIP to 1.34, and he now has a 22:9 K:BB over 18.2 innings. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani didn't have his best stuff, but the bullpen came up huge with five scoreless innings. Hernandez probably won't be available for Sunday's game, though he might be used in a pinch if the game goes really deep, as the Reds are off Monday.
Hernandez relieved Luis Castillo in the seventh inning a bases-loaded, no-out situation and struck out the side in Thursday's win over the Braves, preserving a 3-0 lead at the time. Hernandez rose to the challenge in the biggest sequence in the game, striking out Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies to get the Reds out of a jam. He picked up his fourth hold of the season and improved his K:BB to 10:5 over 10.2 innings.
Hernandez threw a scoreless inning in relief Saturday against the Padres, recording his second hold on the season. Late-inning leads have been few and far between for Hernandez and the Reds to protect at the start of the season, so look for Hernandez to provide more holds going forward. His numbers have been pedestrian so far -- 3.00 ERA, but with a 1.89 WHIP. He's allowed 12 hits over nine innings, with five walks and five strikeouts.
Hernandez earned a one-out save in a 5-3 victory against the Pirates on Opening Day. The veteran right-hander came on to face pinch hitter Pablo Reyes and promptly walked Reyes on four pitches. The Reds walked three batters in the frame. Then with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Corey Dickerson fouled off seven pitches, but Hernandez eventually induced a ground out to record the save. While there could be some fluidity to the Reds' closer situation this season, Raisel Iglesias is still believed to be the primary option.
Hernandez (shoulder) gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning Sunday against Arizona. Hernandez had been nursing some shoulder soreness since the beginning of camp, but he finally felt good enough to see some game action. With plenty of time remaining before Opening Day, the 33-year-old right-hander should be good to go when the regular season kicks off.