Dominguez fired a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to record the save in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Braves. Dominguez finished the season with saves on back-to-back days and he allowed only one hit over his last six appearances. The 23-year-old ended the season with a 2.95 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 74:22 K:BB over 58 innings while converting 16 of 20 save opportunities.
Dominguez walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to get his 15th save of the season in a win over the Braves on Saturday. This marked the right-hander's first save since Aug. 16 for a Phillies bullpen that's flipped between stoppers several times, often using a committee. Hector Neris, the arguable top choice for this role lately, pitched in the eighth inning and had to face Ronald Acuna and Ender Inciarte -- which might play into how he's the favored high-leverage relief arm. Dominguez, who often led this pack in his up-and-down year, still boasts a nifty 3.00 ERA with 11.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 on the season.
Dominguez allowed three runs on two hits over 1.2 innings during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. He struck out one and walked three. Dominguez remained in the game after a scoreless eighth inning attempting to secure the save with a 6-3 lead, but instead gave up two runs on two hits and two walks before exiting the game with the bases loaded. Luis Garcia entered the game and walked Trea Turner to tie things up 6-6, meaning Dominguez actually earned a hold for the outing rather than blowing the save, since he wasn't pitching when the lead was relinquished. The 24-year-old set a season high with 43 pitches, and now has a 3.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 67:19 K:BB across 52 total innings.
Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth-inning to preserve a five-run lead Sunday against the Blue Jays, striking out two batters. Dominguez seems to have at least temporarily lost his hold on the closer's job, as he hasn't recorded a save since Aug. 16 while Pat Neshek has recorded a pair in that time frame. His demotion was seemingly well-deserved, as he had posted a 12.71 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP over his last seven appearances prior to Sunday. His excellent strikeout and walk numbers remained strong throughout that stretch, however, as he struck out eight while walking just one, and it may take just a few more appearances like the one he had Sunday for him to regain his manager's trust and move back into a high-leverage role.
Dominguez (1-4) blew his fourth save of the season in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Nationals, serving up a two-run walkoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth inning. The right-hander seemed to have things well in hand, getting Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon to fly out to begin the frame, but Juan Soto's double into the right-field corner opened the door for Zimmerman's heroics. Dominguez has now blown three of his last five save opportunities, giving up homers each time, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler may have to start considering other ninth-inning options once again.