Hill recorded the final two outs of the game, allowing no runs on no hits while notching the save Monday against Cleveland.
After Willy Peralta gave up a solo homer, a walk and a single in the ninth frame, Hill came in and induced a double play to end the ballgame. Following his latest outing, Hill has tossed seven straight scoreless outings out of the bullpen. He owns a 4.62 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 37 strikeouts through 39 innings this season.
Hill hit the one batter (David Fletcher) he faced in the eighth inning Monday and was then removed after just four pitches.
The Royals are working with a closer-by-committee situation, and while Hill has been a part of that, he appears to have been a bit of an afterthought in this contest. Kevin McCarthy came in to relieve him and pitched a clean eighth inning before Wily Peralta picked up his first career save with a clean ninth inning.
Hill pitched a perfect ninth inning Friday to earn the save against the Astros.
Hill was able to induce two groundouts and a flyout in the ninth to notch his first career save, throwing 10 pitches (seven strikes) in the appearance. Hill has been more of a situational pitcher this season, tallying 23.2 innings across 32 games. In that span, he's held lefties to a .219 batting average while righties are hitting .276 against him. The departure of Kelvin Herrera brings Hill some opportunity to close out games for Kansas City, with Brandon Maurer and Kevin McCarthy also in the mix.
Hill spent a majority of the 2017 season at the Double-A level, posting a 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with a 75:19 K:BB over 69 innings. The left-hander has yet to toe the rubber in the majors at this point in his career and will likely be utilized in low-leverage situations.
Hill looks to put together a solid spring training in the hopes of making Kansas City's Opening Day roster, Shawn Moran of the Kansas City Star reports.
Hill is a left-handed submarine pitcher who's yet to make his big-league debut. The 28-year-old is making his way through his first major-league spring training and hopes to replace side-arm pitcher Peter Moylan, who signed with the Braves after the 2017 season. Hill spent last year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he managed to record a 4.17 ERA and 75 strikeouts across 69.0 innings. He tossed a scoreless inning Saturday against the Dodgers, striking out two and failing to give up a base hit in his first spring training appearance.
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