Hildenberger (4-6) allowed four runs on three hits in one-third of an inning to take the loss against the Tigers on Tuesday. He struck out one and walked one.
Hildenberger entered the game with the Twins up 1-0 in the eighth inning and put two runners on via a single and a walk before giving up RBI base hits to Nicholas Castellanos and Niko Goodrum. He was then relieved by Trevor May but both Castellanos and Goodrum came around to score on an RBI double by James McCann. Hildenberger has now allowed runs to score in five straight games and has seen his ERA balloon to 5.25 on the season. The righty is 7-for-11 in save chances on the year and would figure to close out the season as the closer, but nothing is for certain.
HIldenberger allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work but still came away with his seventh save of the season Tuesday against the Tigers. He struck out two.
Working with a three-run lead, Hildenberger allowed a hit and a run-scoring single as the hosts drew within two. He then uncorked a wild pitch, which brought a runner to third, but he was able to strike out the next batter to end the game. Hildenberger has now allowed seven earned runs over his last 2.1 innings.
Hildenberger pitched 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout and one hit allowed Wednesday to earn the save against the Yankees.
Hildenberger struck out Andrew McCutchen to end the eighth inning, then worked around a one-out single in the ninth to secure the save. The 27-year-old's 4.06 ERA isn't great, but he's successfully converted all six save opportunities since taking over the primary closing duties, while also picking up a pair of wins in that span.
Hildenberger tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 4-3 win over Cleveland.
He needed only eight pitches (seven strikes) to close things out. Hildenberger seems to have settled down a little since taking over as the primary ninth-inning option for the Twins, posting a 3.52 ERA in his last seven appearances while converting all five of his save chances, but his 6:4 K:BB in 7.2 innings over that stretch is far from dominant and he's likely to be a volatile fantasy asset down the stretch.
Hildenberger allowed a solo home run but still managed to record his fourth save on Thursday against the Athletics.
The Twins turned to Hildenberger in the save situation on Thursday after bypassing him in favor of Taylor Rogers and Matt Magill in a similar situation Tuesday. Hildenberger was noted as the favorite by manager Paul Molitor, though he has now allowed five home runs across his last eight innings. If he is able to emerge as the preferred closer, he could provide a decent number of saves down the stretch as the Twins remain competitive despite not being in playoff contention.
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