Hill (2-2) struck out one in a clean seventh inning Monday against the Pirates, picking up the win.
Hill found himself in line for the win after San Diego scored both of its runs in the bottom of the seventh. He now has a 1.32 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
Hill was credited with a hold in Friday's win over San Francisco as a result of striking out both batters he faced in the seventh inning.
The southpaw certainly earned the hold after inheriting a one-out, bases-loaded situation and proceeding to strike out both Darin Ruf and Mike Tauchman, even though he had to escape a grand slam that was turned into a foul ball upon review. Hill has allowed only two earned runs over 12.2 frames this season while registering an impressive 17:4 K:BB.
Hill (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, allowing two walks while striking out two to earn the win Sunday over the Dodgers.
Hill was called upon in the 10th inning to keep the game tied. Both of his walks were intentional to load the bases with the pitching spot due up, where he struck out pinch hitter Clayton Kershaw for the second out. He then struck out DJ Peters for the final out of the inning. The 31-year-old has made 13 appearances out of the bullpen and has only allowed runs in one of them, allowing three runs to the Dodgers on April 16.
Hill (0-2) took the loss against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits while striking out one across 1.1 innings.
Hill entered in the 11th inning and racked up three quick outs to keep the contest tied. He stayed in the game for the 12th frame and yielded a two-run homer to Corey Seager leading off the inning, then saw four more batters reach base (three by single and one by error) before he was pulled. The left-hander has given up three home runs across 7.2 innings on the season, though he has posted a strong 10:1 K:BB.
Hill has pitched two innings thus far this spring, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk while striking out six.
Hill has improved his K/9 during each of his three big-league campaigns, starting at 8.3 in 2018 and building to 10.0 last season. The southpaw doesn't throw hard -- his fastball velocity averages just over 90 mph -- but he gets enough strikeouts and induces enough groundballs to be viewed as a valuable bullpen piece for the upstart Padres.
Hill (3-0) pitched two-thirds of an inning and didn't allow a baserunner to earn the win in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Giants.
Hill relieved starter Garrett Richards and got the last two outs of the fifth inning to keep the game tied at 1-1.The Padres scored twice in the bottom half of the inning, and that made Hill the pitcher of record. Through 12.1 innings this season, the southpaw has a 3.65 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 14 strikeouts across 17 appearances. He's collected three holds but isn't likely to challenge Trevor Rosenthal for save chances.
Hill (2-0) earned the win Wednesday against the Angels after allowing one walk across two-thirds of an inning.
Hill entered the game in the seventh inning with one out and quickly closed out the inning, retiring Anthony Bemboom and Luis Rengifo. He walked Shohei Ohtani to start the eighth before getting lifted, though. Hill has been impressive this season and extended his streak of scoreless appearances to nine, posting a 0.68 WHIP and a 9.8 K/9 in that stretch.
Hill was traded to the Padres for Franchy Cordero and Ronald Bolanos (ribs) on Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Hill will bolster the bullpen for a Padres team that finished with a combined 4.59 ERA from its relief pitchers in 2019. The 30-year-old southpaw was excellent against left-handed hitters last season, allowing a .186 batting average without surrendering a single home run. Hill's dominance against left-handed hitters sets up nicely against a Dodgers lineup that feasts on right-handed pitching.
Hill recorded the final five outs with one walk and two strikeouts to post his first save of the season in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday.
Hill came in with two aboard and one out in the eighth inning and quickly induced a double play. After the Royals added an insurance run in the ninth to increase their lead to five, Ned Yost stuck with Hill for the ninth, where he retired three straight batters after a leadoff walk. Hill is 2-0 with seven holds, a 3.86 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 30.1 innings this season.
Hill (2-0) earned the win over the A's on Wednesday by tossing a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
With the score tied 4-4 in the seventh inning, Hill came in to replace Jakob Junis and retired the side, including back-to-back strikeouts of Marcus Semien and Robbie Grossman. Luckily, the Royals pulled ahead in the bottom of the frame, handing Hill his second win of the season. Through 31 appearances, the southpaw reliever owns a 3.71 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
The Royals recalled Hill from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
He'll join the bullpen in place of the struggling Brad Boxberger, who was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. While he's up with the big club, Hill is likely to be deployed mainly in lefty-versus-lefty matchups.
Hill was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
Hill appeared in one game during his most recent stint with the big club, allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out three across two innings of work. Danny Duffy (shoulder) will be activated from the injured list ahead of Friday's game.
Hill was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Hill made five appearances for the Royals in the first two weeks of the season, allowing two runs in two innings while recording a 0:3 K:BB. He should fill a lefty specialist role during his time with the club.
Hill was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals added reinforcements to the pitching staff by promoting Heath Fillmyer and Richard Lovelady from Triple-A, so Hill was one of the players sent down in a corresponding move. He could return the next time the Royals need some fresh arms.
Hill added a changeup to his repertoire over the offseason, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Hill exclusively used his fastball and slider last season. That combination helped him hold lefties to a .572 OPS, but righties managed a .774 mark against him. A changeup is traditionally a strong weapon against opposite-sided hitters, so the pitch could make Hill a more well-rounded reliever, though it of course remains to be seen how successful the pitch will be and how often the southpaw will use it.
Hill is a candidate to see occasional save opportunities in 2019, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Manager Ned Yost was noncommittal when asked about naming a closer Wednesday, implying he may take a different approach to the ninth inning in 2019. Should Yost decide to use the team's top relievers in more flexible roles, Hill could see occasional save opportunities when the situation calls for a left-handed pitcher. That said, Brad Boxberger and Wily Peralta also represent endgame options for the Royals, and Hill posted a 4.53 ERA and 8.3 K/9 across 45.2 innings last season, so there are likely better options for those looking for a flier.
Hill recorded the final two outs of the game, allowing no runs on no hits while notching the save Monday against Cleveland.
After Wily 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 earned a place on the Royals' Opening Day roster, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/05||vs PIT||W 4-2||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/03||vs PIT||W 2-0||1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/30||vs SF||W 3-2||0.2||0||0||0||2|
|04/28||@ ARI||W 12-3||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|04/25||@ LAD||W 8-7||1||1.0||0||0||2||2|
|04/24||@ LAD||L 4-5||0.2||1||0||0||1|
|04/22||@ LAD||W 3-2||1.0||0||0||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||7.2||5||0||0||1||1||0||12||2||3||2.50||0.694|
|2016||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||18.1||13||0||0||0||2||0||14||7||19||4.47||1.437|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||44.2||31||0||0||2||2||1||48||17||41||3.05||1.312|
|2017||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||5.0||4||0||0||0||0||0||9||5||6||5.40||2.200|
|2017||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||69.0||36||0||0||1||2||4||75||19||76||4.17||1.377|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||29.2||27||0||0||1||1||3||30||6||26||2.16||1.096|