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.
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.
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.
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!