It was really hot at the Desert Dogs home game in Glendale today. How hot was it? 102 degrees on the car thermometer, but it felt like an oven in the sun. So the announced “crowd” of 207 took cover in the shade, save for the few brave scouts with their spring training Mike Schmidt beekeeper hats on. Speaking of saves, we came late – so stayed ’til the end to witness our first Dogs victory of the Fall with J.D. Hammer earning his second save (see reference to “Hammer Time” here). Hammer wilted but didn’t melt, maintaining his zero point zero ERA. After retiring the first two batters in the top of the 9th, he lost the strike zone, walking two batters and nearly loading the bases before mailing down the win with Phils’ prospect battery mate Edgar Cabral.
And because we stayed to the end, we bonded a bit with a lovely family from Carmichael, California (don’t worry, it was Miriam’s idea). Zach Green’s entourage braved the on field heat to give him hugs at the end. The second Phillies Green since Dallas (Tyler was the other), Zach splits time between 1B and 3B and will start next season in Reading trying to establish himself with the Fightin’ Phils. His progress hasn’t been as fast as a teammate who was a grade ahead of him at Jesuit High School in Carmichael – a kid named Rhys Hoskins. Rhys likely has 1B locked down, but 3B appears to be wide open. Hopefully Zach has a good enough AFL showing to get a spring training invitation to Clearwater.