Holland tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies. He struck out one and walked two. Sean Doolittle needed 24 pitches to close out the matinee, so Holland was called upon for the save after Juan Soto's solo homer gave the Nationals a 7-6 lead during the 10th inning. The veteran right-hander lost his command a bit -- only nine of 21 pitches thrown were strikes -- but managed to secure the save nonetheless. Holland also fired a scoreless inning during Game 1 to earn hold. The 32-year-old still has a 5.05 ERA and 1.71 WHIP for the season, but has allowed only one run, six hits and eight walks across 16 innings since joining the Nationals.
Holland was credited with his second save of the season Saturday in the Nationals' 6-5 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader. He worked a perfect ninth inning, retiring the side in six pitches. Holland and Justin Miller had been working as the Nationals' primary late-inning options since Kelvin Herrera suffered a season-ending foot injury in late August, but both were expected to fade into setup roles after Sean Doolittle returned from the disabled list Friday. It appears the Nationals may prefer to ease Doolittle back into closing duties, however, as the lefty entered the second half of the twin bill in the eighth inning and faced two hitters in his first appearance with the big club since July 6, although it should be noted the game was delayed by rain for nearly 90 minutes in the middle of the eighth, giving Doolittle no chance to work a multi-inning save. Holland, meanwhile, was summoned after the delay and converted the save without much stress. Though the veteran was miserable over his 32 appearances with the Cardinals before getting released, Holland has returned to vintage form since signing with Washington in early August. He's surrendered just one run and has posted a 0.71 WHIP across 14 innings.
Holland recorded the final two outs Tuesday to pick up his first save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Phillies. Justin Miller began the ninth inning for the Nats, but after allowing consecutive one-out doubles to Nick Williams and Wilson Ramos, Holland came on to snuff out the rally. It looks like the team's closer situation could be a revolving door until Sean Doolittle (toe) gets healthy, with Holland, Miller, Ryan Madson and Koda Glover all potentially in the mix for saves.
Holland walked one and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning Sunday to record his third hold of the season, and first with the Nationals, in a 15-0 rout of the Mets. The veteran reliever's been impressive so far in his new uniform, posting a 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 11:3 K:BB in 11 appearances (nine innings) with Washington. If Kelvin Herrera's foot injury proves to be serious, Holland could find himself in the ninth-inning mix, but more likely he'll remain as part of the setup crew for now.
Holland signed a major-league contract with the Nationals on Tuesday. Holland was dreadful for the Cardinals before being released Aug. 1, posting a 7.92 ERA and 22:22 K:BB in 25 innings after signing on as the presumed closer. Expectations should be low, but there's an outside chance that he recaptures something close to his old form and becomes a weapon for Washington down the stretch.