Friday, July 31, 2015

Domonic Brown's Tripping

Domonic Brown's pretty good road trip.

Domonic Brown's Tripping

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is plenty familiar with the Florida store that sold this weekend´s huge Powerball-winning ticket. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is plenty familiar with the Florida store that sold this weekend's huge Powerball-winning ticket. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

When the Phillies left Cititzens Bank Park 10 days ago, the didn't need a plane to fly to South Florida, they did on the wings of back-to-back ninth-inning home runs by Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis that lifted them to a 3-2 victory over the Reds, as exciting a victory as they had experienced all year.

But many of the Phils forgot to pack their "A" game for the trip through Miami, Washington and Boston. Dom Brown certainly did, and he picked up his first (of many, we hope) National League Player of the Week Award in doing so.

Over the eight games (during which the Phils went 4-4), Brown belted four of the club's nine homers, notched 10 of their 24 RBI and had a slugging percentage of .839. He failed to walk (he is now up to 99 consecutive plate appearances without a free pass), but struck out just four times.

Here are his numbers on the road trip as compared to the rest of the club:

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 Batting Avg.  .323  .250
    H-AB  10-31  61-244
 On-Base Avg.  .323  .303
    Walks  0  16
    Strikeouts  4  56
 Slugging Pct.  .839  .352
    Total Bases        26  80
    Doubles  2  12
    Triples  1  0
    Home Runs  4  6
    XB Hits  7  18
 Runs Batted In  10  14
 Runs  6  19
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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