Hentges gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts in 3.1 innings in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Kansas City. He did not factor in the decision.
Hentges was a little too generous with baserunners, although he largely got away with it. Salvador Perez got the better of the southpaw twice, hitting an RBI single in the third inning and a solo home run in the fifth. Hentges has a 5.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 8:2 K:BB across nine innings this season. He has a loose grip on the fifth starter role and tentatively lines up to face Cincinnati at home this weekend if he remains in the rotation.
Hentges will follow opener Phil Maton Tuesday in Kansas City, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Maton, a righty reliever, will give hitters a different look early in this game before they face Hentges, a big lefty. The 6-foot-8 southpaw has given up three home runs and zero walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings this season. Following Maton will give Hentges a better chance to qualify for the win.
Hentges will take the rotation spot that had belonged to Logan Allen, who was demoted Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Allen beat out Cal Quantrill for Cleveland's fifth starter job but lost the position after struggling to a 9.19 ERA in his first five starts. The team won't turn to Quantrill to replace him, however, but will lean on Hentges instead. Hentges has given up four runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings of relief in his major-league debut this season. He skipped over Triple-A after struggling to a 5.11 ERA in 26 starts at the Double-A level in 2019.
Hentges allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out two over three innings in Wednesday's 10-2 loss to the Twins.
Hentges worked the most innings of any Cleveland pitcher Wednesday after an ugly start from Logan Allen. The 24-year-old Hentges has a 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and six strikeouts with no walks over 5.2 innings this season. He had a 5.11 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 26 starts with Double-A Akron in 2019, so there's a track record as a starter if manager Terry Francona wants to call on the southpaw for a rotation spot in the near future. Cal Quantrill is also in the mix for the fifth starter role.
Hentges (1-0) allowed two hits and no walks while striking out one in 1.2 scoreless innings to earn the win against the Yankees on Sunday.
Hentges gave up one run in his major-league debut Tuesday, and he picked up the win in relief in Sunday's series finale against the Yankees. The southpaw has now allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out four in 2.1 relief innings this year.
Hentges was recalled from Cleveland's alternate training site Saturday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Hentges will be in line to make his major-league debut at some point in the near future after outfielder Ben Gamel was sent down in a corresponding move. Although Hentges has solely worked as a starter in the minors recently, he could fill a long-relief role for the major-league club. In 26 starts with Double-A Akron in 2019, Hentges posted a 5.11 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 128.2 innings.
Hentges was optioned to Double-A Akron on Friday.
Hentges made 23 starts for High-A Lynchburg last season and had a 3.27 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 122 strikeouts over 118.1 innings. The Indians added the 22-year-old to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He made two appearances at major-league spring training.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/04||@ KC||W 7-3||3.1||6||2||2||2|
|04/28||vs MIN||L 2-10||3.0||5||2||0||2|
|04/25||vs NYY||W 7-3||1||1.2||2||0||0||1|
|04/20||vs CHW||L 5-8||1.0||1||1||0||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||ASX-Mahoning Valley Scra||6.1||2||2||0||0||2||0||2||8||13||14.75||3.443|
|2016||AFX-Lake County Captains||60.1||14||14||0||2||4||0||73||29||71||6.14||1.664|
|2017||ASX-Mahoning Valley Scra||17.2||5||5||0||0||1||0||23||12||5||2.09||0.988|