I’m Baaaaack! Miss Me?

4 Jun

Now that wasn’t so bad was it?  Largely due to the contributions of Cliff Lee, Domonic Brown, Kyle Kendrick and did I mention Dom Brown your favorite baseball blogger is  back.  You barely had time to miss me (but I hope you did.)

And though this team is still as hard to predict as the next coach of the 76ers, there have been a couple of good signs lately, the biggest of which, without a doubt, is the indomitable Dom Brown.

The words spectacular,  historic and must see tv are used a lot these days, but Domonic Brown is definitely all three right now.   He is rapidly becoming the best show is sports.  And the rest of  league is starting to notice.

Brown earned National League Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row and was awarded Player of the Month for May

I know I’m not usually a stats blogger but check these out.  When Brown came to bat in the sixth inning of last night’s game against the Miami Marlins he had already hit seven home runs in seven games.  What happened next?  OK, I gave away the punch line.  He hit another one.  That’s eight in eight games for his National League-leading 17th homer of the season.

And if you liked those numbers, try these on for size.

Brown was hitting .206 with one double, two home runs and six RBIs through April 23. In the 37 games since, he is hitting .329 with six doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, and 36 RBIs.

He has become one of the hottest hitters in baseball and it’s worth the price of admission to Citizens Bank Park to watch him step to the plate.  Which is a good thing because not much else is these days.

But let’s not overlook the terrific performance of my man Kyle Kendrick.  There was a time when terrific and Kendrick were rarely used in the same sentence but Kyle pitched brilliantly again, recording his second complete game of the season, in the Phillies 7-2 win over the Marlins.  He even hit the first triple of his career scoring the game-tying run in the fifth.

Kendrick allowed six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out five to improve his record to 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA. He retired the final 15 batters he faced.  And the best part of all for KK?  His Dad, flown in by the Phillies as part of their early Father’s Day celebration, was in the park to see his son’s complete game performance in person.

Yes Brown’s rise is unexpected but no more so than  Kyle’s current position as the second most reliable pitcher in the Phillies once ace-dominated pitching rotation.  The first, of course, is Cliff Lee and I bet you can see this segue coming all the way from the bleacher seats.

On the first game of my 2-in-a-row pledge it was Cliff Lee who did most of the heavy lifting.  Lee was in complete control with a 7-1 lead and 11 strikeouts against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Yes, all seemed to be  going right for the Phils until with two outs in the eighth inning it all started to go wrong, very wrong!

I will spare you a repeat of the details but let’s just say that Lee had to leave the game with cramps and if he had cramps then, his stomach must have been in knots having to endure what happened next.  Suffice it to say that bases were loaded, runs scored but the Phils held on for a 7-5 win

So in the end, a laugher turned into a screamer and Cliff Lee will definitely keep his cramps to himself next time!  And Domonic Brown is cranking them out at an unprecedented rate.

Do you think there’s any chance my strike had anything to do with these two solid wins.  Hmmmmm, maybe next time I’ll hold out for three?

Naaaah.  Don’t worry.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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7 Responses to “I’m Baaaaack! Miss Me?”

  1. Ray June 4, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    We always miss you when you are gone !!! Welcome back !!!!!!

    • girlsbestphriend June 5, 2013 at 2:50 am #

      Hey Ray. Thanks. Good to hear from you, too! Hope you are well.

  2. geetie cohen June 4, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    As I watched the end of last nights game I thought Strike is over.! YEAAAAAA !!!

  3. Ron Cori June 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Gotta love Dom, but what is the over/under on him getting plunked due to the bat flips and showboating?

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