Red Hot Dominic Brown and a Complete Game Victory by Kendrick
- Updated: June 4, 2013
Philadelphia, PA — On Monday Night, Phillies Outfielder, Domonic Brown hit his eighth home run in eight games and National League-leading 17th homer of the season in the sixth inning in a 7-2 victory over the Marlins. Brown remains one of the hottest hitters in baseball, while Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick pitched splendidly, throwing the fourth complete game of his career, while also scoring the tying run in the fifth after his first big league triple.
Brown is providing plenty, giving Phillies fans something to watch in a season that has been mostly tough to watch.
Brown earned National League Player of the Month and Player of the Week honors earlier Monday before he became the first Phillies player to hit nine home runs over a 10-game stretch since Bobby Abreu from May 8-18, 2005. It is hard to believe, but Brown was hitting .206 (13-for-63) with one double, two home runs, six RBIs and a .623 OPS in 20 games through April 23. He is hitting .329 (47-for-143) with six doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 36 RBIs and a 1.053 OPS in 37 games since.
Kendrick attacked the Marlins, who have the worst offense in baseball. He allowed six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out five to improve to 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA. He retired the final 15 batters he faced.
Kendrick has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 12 starts this season.
He also tripled and scored in the fifth inning when the Phillies took a 3-2 lead. Kendrick’s headfirst slide into third got the attention of Manuel, who joked that he hoped Kendrick would have swallowed a mouthful of dirt so he does not try that slide again.
Kratz and Delmon Young also homered as the Phillies scored seven runs in consecutive games. They play two more games against the Marlins, and there is no reason the Phillies should not be thinking about a sweep. The Marlins are on pace to finish an abysmal 45-117.
Brown looks like he can e a new face of the franchise?