We have been watching both Seranthony Dominguez and Edgar Garcia from the first time they came stateside from the Dominican Republic. Saturday was a day we will not forget watching both of them on MLB-TV and MiLB-TV get the wins in games for the Phillies and the Reading Fightin Phils.
First it was Garcia coming out of the pen again with that new rule that puts a runner on second in an extra inning game. It’s a great training tool for young relievers. Edgar was defending a one-run lead in Portland, Maine after the Fightins scored in the top of the extra inning. After walking the leadoff hitter putting the tying and winning runs on base, he promptly retired the next three batters with a strikeout, fly out and a 4-3 ground out for the win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Edgar is cool under pressure with that major league slider. His fastball was topping at 93 mph according to the play-by-play guys. He just keeps doing it every time in close and late situations. In his ten games this month, he has a record of 3-0 and is 4 for 4 in save situations.
In 13.2 innings in May he has allowed only five hits, one run and struck out 19. The only time he was scored upon in the month was when he was brought in to pitch the ninth inning of a game to get some work in with Reading trailing 6-2.
Dominguez has pitched in nine games since his call-up from AAA on May 7th. He is yet to be scored upon in 10.1 innings in close and late major league games. We watched him on MLB-TV get his first save agains the Cardinals earlier in the mont and yesterday we did the same in getting his first win in the big leagues against the Blue Jays.
Seranthony’s Phillies story is much similar to Edgar’s story. Both of them coming out of the Dominican Summer League, to the Gulf Coast Phillies stateside and then on up the chain until Dominguez’s rapid rise as a reliever this season with the Phillies. We believe it is only a matter of time before Garcia joins Dominguez in working out of the Phillies shutdown bullpen as well.
Just think we watched both of them start in the Clearwater Threshers’ rotation last season in the high A Florida State League. But most importantly they have been good people to us along the way up!