The Closer Role Is Important Just Ask Jeff Singer And The Clearwater Threshers

Up until last month,  Jeff Singer never had a save in affiliated baseball.  Last night he picked up his ninth save in nine opportunities over the last six weeks in Clearwater’s 6-4 win.

His two inning save kept the Tampa Yankees off the scoreboard at the end and put a win in the Threshers first place column to maintain a two game lead in the northern division of the Florida State League.

Singer’s nine saves places him in second place in all of the minor leagues for saves and first in Advanced A.  To go with his save record he has 2-1 won/loss record in relief for a +10 record overall.

The Phillies at the major league level are struggling in “close and late” games as we saw last night against the Washington Nationals and well below .500 in the standings. On the other hand its minor league teams are a flourishing in the saves department and all have records over .5oo.

Three of the four Phillies minor league teams have closers in the top five in saves at their respective levels: Pedro Beato is 7 for 8 at AAA, Jesen Therrien is 7 for 7 at AA and Singer at 9 for 9 in saves at A+.  Will Hibbs is 4-0 and 3 for 3 in saves and Trevor Bettencourt is 1-0 and 3 for 4 in save opportunities at A-.

In the standings in addition to Clearwater in first plac going into action today, Lehigh Valley is in first in the International League, North; Reading is one game out in Eastern League, East;  Lakewood is tied for first in SAL, North.

Jeff Singer

Last night Singer was an important difference for the Threshers in the win over Tampa.  He came on  in the top of the eight inning after the Threshers went ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh and he pitched the final two scoreless innings for the save.  Watch two of his strikeouts HERE.

A professional hitter, Austin Bossart doubles to right center and later scores what turned out to be the winning run.

Singer was in a save situation because of a lead off double by catcher Austin Bossart in the bottom of the seventh and a run scoring single by Zach Coppola, watch both HERE.

The Threshers tacked on an additional run in the eight on a single by Cornelius Randolph, a perfect sacrifice bunt by Damek Tomscha and an rbi single by Herlis Rodriquez. Watch all HERE.

Zach Coppola lays out and snags the line drive to right for the game ending out.

The Threshers showed last night how to win “close and late” games with a dominate closer, timely situational hitting and a great outfield catch by Zach Coppola for the game ending out.  Maybe the major league team could learn a little from them!





About Baseball Ross

I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here:
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