Hand gave up two hits over 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out one to record his 13th save of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Pirates.
It was Hand's longest save of the season, and only the third time in 26 appearances he's recorded more than three outs. The veteran lefty has converted 10 straight saves, with his last blown save coming May 12, and on the year he sports a 2.96 ERA and 27:12 K:BB through 27.1 innings.
Hand picked up the save after striking out one in a scoreless inning Monday against the Pirates.
Hand didn't mess around when it was his turn in the ninth, retiring the side in order on just 11 pitches (seven strikes). The closer has now successfully slammed the door nine consecutive times, with his last blown save taking place May 12 against the Phillies. Hand owns a 3.16 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 26:12 K:BB across 25.2 frames this season.
Hand picked up the save in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants, striking out two in a perfect seventh inning.
It marked the southpaw's first save since June 4th and his 11th overall on the season. Hand has a 3.42 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to go along with a 25:11 K:BB in 23.2 innings this season, and should continue to be Davey Martinez's top option to close ballgames going forward.
Hand retired the only batter he faced to earn the save in Friday's 2-1 win over Philadelphia.
Hand retired Brad Miller on a flyout to close out the game. The closer is now 10-for-12 in save chances this season. He's posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 20:9 K:BB across 20.2 innings. Hand continues to maintain a strong grip on the closer role in Washington.
Hand struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his ninth save of the season in a 5-3 win over Atlanta.
The veteran closer threw only six of 13 pitches for strikes, but the left-hander still got the Job done. He's converted six straight saves and nine of 11 on the season, but Hand's 3.54 ERA and 1.28 WHIP still bear the scars of his struggles in May.
Hand gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Reds, a game completed Thursday after being suspended due to rain the night before.
The veteran reliever appears to be turning things around. Hand was scored upon in five of six appearances in the middle of May, but since then he's reeled off three straight scoreless outings, converting a save in each. He's 8-for-10 in chances on the year with a 3.44 ERA and 19:8 K:BB through 18.1 innings.
Hand worked around a base hit and a walk to toss a scoreless ninth inning en route to picking up his seventh save of the season in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Orioles. He also struck out a batter in the 12-pitch appearance.
Hand navigated the inning more smoothly than his box-score line would suggest; he intentionally walked Trey Mancini on four pitches and threw all but one of his other eight offerings for strikes, including two swings and misses. The lefty threw a perfect inning to notch a save in Saturday's 12-9 win, so after the back-to-back clean appearances, he appears to have regained some job security after he had given up at least one run in five of his prior six outings.
Hand gave up two runs on two hits without recording a strikeout or issuing a walk in one inning Friday against the Orioles.
Daniel Hudson pitched a perfect eighth inning and Hand came in with a 4-0 lead in the ninth and coughed up two runs on a Freddy Galvis home run that also scored Trey Mancini. Hand has now given up at least one run in five of his last six appearances, and he has given up three home runs over his last four innings. His grip on the closer's role seems to be slipping by the day.
Hand gave up a run on two hits while striking out three in the ninth inning Wednesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 4-3 win over the Cubs.
A solo shot by Javier Baez made things nervous for the Nats, but Hand eventually got the job done. The veteran closer has converted two straight save chances after blowing two straight earlier this month and he's been scored upon in four of six appearances in May, leading to an 8.44 ERA in his last 5.1 innings despite a strong 10:3 K:BB.
Hand secured Sunday's 3-0 shutout of Arizona by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Hand sandwiched a David Peralta pop out between Eduardo Escobar and Stephen Vogt strikeouts to record his fourth save of the season. It's noteworthy that manager Dave Martinez still turned to Hand in the ninth given his poor performance prior to Sunday's game, so his job appears to be safe for now.
Hand (2-2) blew the save and took the loss Wednesday as the Nationals fell 5-2 to the Phillies in 10 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits over one inning while striking out three.
Called up to protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, Hand instead served up a solo shot to Odubel Herrera. Nats manager Dave Martinez elected to leave the lefty on the mound to begin the 10th with Bryce Harper due up for the Phillies, but after Harper singled, Hand got the hook and Kyle Finnegan allowed the inherited runner to score. While his 2.92 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12.1 innings are solid, Hand has walked seven batters, blown his last two save chances and been tagged for runs in his last three appearances, putting his spot as Washington's closer in some jeopardy if he can't turn things around quickly.
Hand (2-1) allowed one run on a hit and two walks in a third of an inning to take the loss against the Yankees on Sunday.
Hand entered Sunday's game in the ninth inning to preserve a 2-2 tie, but he walked Tyler Wade on four pitches before issuing a free pass to Aaron Judge. The southpaw managed to record an out, but he gave up a walkoff single and was charged with his first loss of the season. Hand didn't allow any earned runs in his first nine appearances of the season, but he's now been charged with a blown save and a loss in each of his last two outings.
Hand blew his first save of the season Saturday against the Yankees, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in one inning of work.
Hand was tasked with shutting down the top of the Yankees' lineup with a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. He failed to do so, allowing the game-tying run on a walk and a pair of singles. He remained in the game in the 10th inning but was pulled after allowing leadoff batter Mike Ford to hit a go-ahead single. The blown save was Hand's first since 2019, as he was successful in all 16 of his opportunities last year in addition to his first three this season.
Hand (2-0) allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks with one strikeout in two innings to earn the win Friday versus Miami.
Hand allowed an RBI single to Garrett Cooper in the top of the 10th inning, but Kyle Schwarber bailed him out with a walkoff two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. The run against Hand was the first he has allowed all season, but it won't show up on his still-perfect 0.00 ERA. The southpaw has added a 0.89 WHIP, 7:4 K:BB and three saves across nine innings as Washington's closer.
Hand walked one in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his third save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals.
The southpaw battled his control, throwing only seven of 15 pitches for strikes, but he was able to get the job done and preserve the combined shutout for the Nats. Hand has yet to allow a run through six appearances this season, posting a 5:2 K:BB through six innings and earning one win in addition to his three saves.
Hand allowed a one-out double in the ninth but was still able to come down with his second save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Hand had no easy task, preserving a one-run lead in the ninth with the heart of the Cardinals' order due up. He surrendered a double to Yadier Molina but got all three other hitters he faced to fly out. The 31-year-old southpaw has been stellar to kick off the season with five scoreless innings and a 4:1 K:BB.
Hand (1-0) earned the win Friday against Arizona after pitching a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Hand had to keep the game scoreless in the top of the ninth and that's exactly what he did, as he tossed 11 of his 17 pitches for strikes en route to posting his fourth straight scoreless outing of the campaign. The 31-year-old left-hander has gone 1-for-1 in save opportunities but has also been reliable every time Washington has needed him.
Hand recorded his first save of the season after tossing a scoreless inning Monday against the Cardinals. He gave up one hit and one walk while fanning two.
Hand tossed 16 of his 26 pitches for strikes and allowed two baserunners, but he got the job done either way en route to his first save of the campaign -- he closed the door by striking out Andrew Knizner with runners in first and second. Hand has now tossed two scoreless outings to begin the season.
Hand struck out one in a perfect inning during Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
The southpaw cleared the COVID-19 protocols Friday but the Nats didn't have a late lead for him to protect all weekend, so Hand instead worked the eighth inning in a non-save situation Sunday. The team's offense should get back to full strength this week, so Hand should begin to receive save opportunities soon enough after racking up 103 saves over the last four seasons for San Diego and Cleveland.
Hand was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
The veteran left-hander was caught up in the Nationals' COVID-19 outbreak that delayed the start of the season, but he only ended up being away from the team for a week as a close contact. Hand may need a day or two before being ready to pitch, but he should take over the closer's role now that he's cleared, relegating Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey to setup roles.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/16||vs PIT||W 3-1||1||1.2||2||0||0||1|
|06/14||vs PIT||W 3-2||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/12||vs SF||L 1-2||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|06/12||vs SF||W 2-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/09||@ TB||W 9-7||1||2.0||2||1||2||3|
|06/04||@ PHI||W 2-1||1||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|06/02||@ ATL||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||148.1||27||27||0||11||7||0||141||75||129||4.01||1.377|
|2013||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||81.2||15||15||0||3||5||0||81||45||69||3.44||1.404|
|2014||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||22.0||4||4||0||2||0||0||22||9||18||3.27||1.227|