Hernandez faced four Brewers in the eighth inning Tuesday and retired none of them, allowing a two-run homer as well as three walks before being removed.
Fortunately for him, closer Raisel Iglesias cleaned up Hernandez's mess, but there's no doubt that the Dominican rookie has had a tough time of it in the majors, as evidenced by his 6.06 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 16.1 innings. On the bright side, he's struck out 24 batters in that span; however, he's also walked 13 and given up six homers. He'll need to do a lot better to guarantee himself a future in the Reds' bullpen.
Hernandez was promoted to the big leagues prior to Friday's game against the Pirates.
Hernandez will provide some more depth out of the bullpen for the Reds, as he's already made 10 relief appearances with the club this season. During 15.1 innings, he's posted a 5.28 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, which includes a disastrous outing against the Diamondbacks in late July. Besides that game, he's accumulated a solid 1.88 ERA and a 18:8 K:BB for the year.
Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.
Hernandez was called up earlier this month to bolster the Cincinnati bullpen, but was rocked for six earned runs in his last outing, Thursday against Arizona. The meltdown skyrocketed his season ERA to 5.28 over 15.1 innings, earning him the honor of being sent down to clear a roster slot for Saturday's starting pitcher, Robert Stephenson. Look for the right-handed reliever to see more opportunities at the Triple-A level and possibly vie for a late-season call-up.
Hernandez gave up a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to the Nats, one of five given up by the Reds and the third by Hernandez. Only one run was charged to Hernandez, who came on in relief of Homer Bailey.
Hernandez's line this season is pretty interesting - after Sunday's outing he has a 1.88 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, with 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. But three of the four hits he has allowed have left the yard, and he has already allowed seven walks in that timeframe. If you squint, you can see some late-inning upside, but also a need for more refining.
Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
Mere days after being sent back to the minors, Hernandez will return to bolster the Reds' bullpen once more. The 25-year-old has a high-octane arm and plenty of strikeouts to his name, although it is notable that he allowed a home run in each of his previous two appearances in the big leagues. He'll fill the roster spot of Devin Mesoraco (shoulder), who was placed on the disabled list.
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