Rich Hill has allowed one hit to his past 50 batters
By Jon Weisman
Not only does Rich Hill enters tonight’s start against Arizona having retired 22 batters in a row, but the last 50 batters against Hill are 1 for 47 (an Alexei Ramirez single) with two walks.
Since he first took the mound for the Dodgers on August 24, opponents are 6 for 63 (.095) with the two walks and no extra-base hits — and, of course, no runs. Hill has struck out 20 of the 65 batters he has faced.
Hill’s batting average on balls in play for those three starts is .140, so he’s due for some regression — as if you didn’t know. But including his Oakland games, Hill has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his 2016 starts.
In 12 out of 16 games, he has gone at least six innings while allowing two runs or less.
The Dodger pitching staff hasn’t allowed more than four runs in a game this month, but on the team’s last trip to Arizona, they gave up 15 runs in a three-game series July 15-17. Los Angeles has a 3.83 ERA at Arizona this year.
Hill is making his second career start at Chase Field, and first in 10 years. On May 4, 2006, Hill gave up five runs in four innings.