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DB on a Junior Schmitty Roll

Mike Schmidt homered in three straight games 23 times in his career.

DB on a Junior Schmitty Roll

Domonic Brown homered for the third consecutive game on Wednesday. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Domonic Brown homered for the third consecutive game on Wednesday. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Domonic Brown Wednesday homered for the third consecutive game ... 24 years to the day that former Phillie Mike Schmidt announced his retirement. Fitting, since hitting HRs in three straight games was something Schmitty did 23 times in his career. (Below are the 11 times he connected in four or more consecutive games.)

In the process, Brown becomes the first player in baseball history to hit nine or more home runs in a month (he has nine) without drawing even a single walk. Miguel Olivo (2008), Tony Armas (1988) and Ernie Banks (1968) had gone 8/0 before this season. Brown's last base on balls was April 30, 103 plate appearances ago.

More Notables: His 10 HRs in May mark the 43rd time a Phillie has reached double figures in a calendar month ... Ten of his 13 dingers this season (and 18 of his career 25) have been solo shots. Of the club's 50, 39 have been with no runners aboard ... Brown this season in Citizens Bank Park has more extra-base hits (10) than singles (9).

 MIKE SCHMIDT HOMERING IN FIVE CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Year Dates W-L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBA Slg.
 1979  July 6-10  4-1  17  8  9  0  0  7  14  2  1  .529  .550  1.765
 
 MIKE SCHMIDT HOMERING IN FOUR CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Year Dates W-L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBA Slg.
 1975  June 2-6
 3-1  13  7  8  1  0  5  10  5  1  .615  .722  1.846
 1976  April 17-21
 4-0  19  7  8  0  0  7  12  0  4  .421  .421  1.526
 1977  June 13-17
 1-3  17  5  6  2  0  4  7  1  6  .353  .389  1.176
 1979  May 3-6
 3-1  15  6  6  1  0  5  9  3  3  .400  .500  1.467
 1979  May 13-17  3-1  13  11  6  0  0  5  8  9  1  .462  .682  1.615
 1980  Aug. 11-14
 3-1  19  6  12  1  1  4  10  2  2  .632  .667  1.421
 1980  Sept. 20-23
 3-1  16  5  7  1  0  4  6  1  3  .438  .471  1.250
 1980  Oct. 1-4
 4-0  15  5  8  2  0  4  6  2  2  .533  .556  1.467
 1982  July 28-31
 4-0  15  4  6  1  0  4  5  1  2  .400  .438  1.267
 1984  May 2-6
 1-3  12  6  7  1  0  4  6  4  1  .583  .688  1.667
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