Hembree (2-5) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Cubs after allowing a run on two walks and a hit batsman across two-thirds of an inning. After recording the last out of the eighth inning, Hembree stayed in for the ninth with the game tied at 5-5, but he struggled with his control, walking Patrick Wisdom and Ian Happ before plunking Nico Hoerner. Hembree was pulled with the bases loaded and one out, and the winning run was charged to him when Javier Baez singled to center against Amir Garrett. This was an unusually rough outing for Hembree, whose ERA has now inflated to 4.50 despite a sharp 58:14 K:BB and 1.00 WHIP in 36 innings this season.
Hembree picked up the save Saturday against the Cardinals, retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning. The right-hander needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order and earn his eighth save of the campaign. Seven of the eight pitches went for strikes, though none were of the swinging variety. Hembree has blown only one save on the season and has allowed only two earned runs across his past 13 appearances spanning 12.2 innings.
Hembree struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his seventh save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. He wasn't facing a soft part of the St. Louis lineup either, as Nolan Arenado and Tyler O'Neill were among his strikeout victims. Hembree seems to have stabilized the Reds' shaky closer situation, and since the beginning of July he has a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings while converting six of seven save chances.
Hembree earned the save Saturday against Milwaukee after tossing a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and striking out one. Hembree was tasked with closing things out and got the job done despite needing 18 pitches (10 strikes) to do so, and he's now 6-for-7 in save chances this season. He appears to be thriving with high-leverage responsibility, posting a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and an elite 16.9 K/9 through 5.1 innings across six appearances this month.
Hembree struck out all three batters he faced and earned a save over the Brewers on Friday. Hembree entered the game with a runner on second base but needed just 12 pitches to shut down Milwaukee and finish off the victory. He's been given a save chance in each of his last five appearances, converting four of those while recording a 9:1 K:BB through 4.1 frames. He owns a 4.97 ERA with five saves this season.
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