It is difficult to post anything new about a game when the Phillies beat reporters to such a good job of covering them. For example, read HERE the the coverage of yesterday’s Phillies 9-0 nothing loss to the Blue Jays by MLB beat reporter Todd Zolecki.
This leave little on the bone for a lowly blogger to find about the games on which to comment. This is why I stick to the minor league side of the game for the most part. However, I have to blog about three players from weekend Phillies major league games: pitchers Jeff Singer, Seranthony Dominguez and catcher Logan O’Hoppe.
Singer has been simply brilliant in his two relief appearances in major league games this spring. The lefty has only pitched 1.1 innings but they have been nearly perfect outings. In his first Grapefruit League game last week, he struck out the last and only batter he faced in the ninth inning for the save. In Saturday’s game, he pitched the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox and needed only 11 pitches to strikeout the side. Just two pitches short of the rare “immaculate inning”- three strikeouts on only nine pitches thrown in one inning.
Singer has faced four batters so far this spring and struck all of them out on only 14 pitches. Not bad for someone who pitched at AA Reading all of last season.
The second pitcher that caught our attention this weekend was Seranthony Dominguez. We have followed him since he first came to Clearwater back in his Gulf Coast League days. He is coming back from an arm injury from last season. He struck out the first two batter he faced in the sixth inning against Toronto in yesterday’s game. Then, he induced the next batter to hit a soft roller up the first base line which he fielded to retire the Blue Jays in order. Though his fastball was topping at only 95 mph from the high 90’s in earlier seasons, it looks like Ser is back and in good health.
As you may know from reading our blog, we followed Phillies catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe play this winter in the Australian Baseball League via the internet. Early Sunday morning we learned that he was on the roster for the four mile trip to Dunedin’s newly refurbished stadium for yesterday’s game.
We quickly hurried down the four blocks from our home to TD Ballpark to see if O’Hoppe would be playing in Sunday’s game. Though he did not make his debut in a Phillies uniform in game action, he did look good wearing No. 6 as he walked toward the Phillies dugout just before the start of the game. It was Ryan Howard’s iconic number. Baseball Betsy later had a chance to congratulate Logan on his ABL season.
All in all, it was an interesting weekend of Phillies baseball especially when you look behind the boxscores.