It was a cold day at Ashburn Field with temperature in the high 50’s on Wednesday but the pitching of Seranthony Dominguez and the power bat of first baseman Darick Hall heated up the day and led the Phillies high-A team to an 8-3 win over their counterparts from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Dominguez came on in relief of Adam Morgan with the Phillies down 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning to strikeout the side. Watch HERE. He would go on and pitch the sixth inning giving up only one hit and no runs in his two innings of work.
The 22-year-old Dominguez is in his sixth season with the Phillies organization after being signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Last year with Lakewood he went 5-2 in the regular season as a starter with a 2.42 ERA striking out 50 in 48.1 innings.
His name kept coming up last Fall as one of the players the Phillies could lose in the Rule 5 Draft. Right now Dominguez looks like a strong candidate for the Clearwater Threshers starting rotation.
Darick Hall broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with a long two- run homer just to the right of the new scoreboard in right field and then followed up with another long homer in the bottom of the sixth to the left of the batters eye in left center. Watch HERE
Hall is built like a football linebacker. He will turn 22-years-old in July and was a 14th round draft pick last year out of Dallas Baptist. If he keeps up his power bat he just might skip Lakewood and be a force in the Florida State League with the Clearwater Threshers.
He finished the season strong with Williamsport hitting .333 and four home runs in his last ten games in the New York-Penn League. In 57 game for the Crosscutters he hit nine homers which was the third highest in the League.
Yesterday’s game was all about the fifth and sixth innings when the Phillies scored six runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth in the 8-3 win. The shutdown, strikeout pitching of Dominguez and the power, long ball bat of Hall in those two innings were the keys to the win.