Holland was credited with a blown save as he allowed a walkoff grand slam in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Phillies. The Cubs entered the ninth inning up 5-1, but Rowan Wick and Pedro Strop were ineffective, which set the stage for Holland to face Bryce Harper with the bases loaded and the score 5-3. Harper then blasted a 2-2 sinker into the right field seats to end the game and give Holland his first blown save of the season. The lefty now has a 5.59 ERA this season, and he figures to remain in a lower-leverage role for the Cubs.
Holland was added to the Cubs' active roster Saturday. Holland will be available for Saturday's game against the Brewers after being acquired from the Giants via trade Friday. Prior to joining the Cubs, the southpaw compiled a 5.90 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 71:35 in 68.2 innings with San Francisco. Daniel Descalso (ankle) was placed on the injured list to free up a roster spot for Holland.
Holland was acquired by the Cubs from the Giants for cash considerations Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Holland was designated for assignment by the Giants on Sunday, and the Cubs opted to acquire him via trade rather than risk a potential waiver claim. The 32-year-old has allowed a .471 OPS versus lefties this season and seems likely to be utilized primarily against them with Chicago.
Holland was designated for assignment Sunday. Holland had actually pitched fairly well of late for the club, turning in nine scoreless efforts in his last 11 appearances. However, he was hit hard Saturday, allowing four earned runs on two home runs.
Holland tossed two innings of relief while giving up one run on three hits and a walk and striking out one in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Dodgers. Holland was asked to complete a couple of frames after starter Madison Bumgarner was uncharacteristically roughed up by the rival Dodgers. The swingman has ceded a rotation spot to youngsters Tyler Beede and Shaun Anderson due in large part to his struggles on the mound this season (6.63 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 1.9 K/BB over 54.1 innings). It didn't help that Holland openly spoke out against management about his trip to the injured list earlier this year, but it would become more of a story if he was actually pitching well enough to warrant a rotation gig. It looks like the 32-year-old will be banished to the bullpen until his performance improves.