Hill (1-1) threw six shutout innings while striking out 10 with no walks and two hits to earn a victory against the Reds on Friday. The veteran lefty also needed just 84 pitches to record 18 outs, which is a pretty incredible feat considering 10 of those outs were of the strikeout variety. Hill missed about the first month of the season because of a knee ailment. Through four starts, this was, by far, his best outing of the year and his first win. He is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings this season. Hill is scheduled to throw again at the Pirates next Friday.
Hill will make his next start Friday at the Reds, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. The Dodgers' rotation games shuffled Hill around to leave Kenta Maeda to work Wednesday versus the Padres, and Vassegh affirmed earlier reports of Hill's assignment against the Reds with a clear date. The tough trip to Great American Ball Park may make Hill's early homer problems worse: He's yielded five big flies in three starts, over which he's been saddled with a 4.20 ERA despite a solid 14:3 K:BB in 15 frames.
Hill (0-1) took the loss against the Nationals on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two as the Dodgers fell 6-0. The left-hander factored into the decision for the first time in three starts since returning from the injured list, but he was saddled with the defeat as he was outdueled by a stellar effort from Nationals starter Patrick Corbin. The veteran left-hander now has a 4.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP to go along with 14 strikeouts in 15 innings since returning from the knee strain that cost him most of April.
Hill yielded three runs on seven hits and a walk across four innings in Saturday's win over the Padres. He struck out three batters and allowed two homers but did not factor into the decision. Hill has allowed eight runs across 10 innings in his first two starts this season, though only four have been earned. During Saturday's outing, Manny Machado took him deep for a pair of solo blasts. He'll carry a 3.60 ERA and 9:1 K:BB into next Thursday's tilt against Washington.
Hill allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks across six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates during his 2019 debut on Sunday. The veteran left-hander, who missed the beginning of the year because of a knee strain, didn't receive the best defensive support during his season debut. After giving up a run in the first inning, the first batter against Hill during the second frame reached on an error, which led to four unearned runs. Luckily, the Dodgers offense rallied in the latter innings to get Hill off the hook. Despite allowing two home runs, he left his 2019 debut with a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. His second start is expected to come on the road Saturday against the Padres.