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Pig Report: Domonic Brown

RF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Position: Starting right fielder
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major League ready.
2012 Major League Stats: 56 G, .235 AVG, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, .712 OPS
2012 Minor League Stats: 60 G, .286 AVG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, .767 OPS

Season in Review: Domonic Brown is Major League ready. But he’s still a question mark in terms of how much of an impact he will have in right field for the Phillies.

Brown has survived three trade rumors, a barrage of knee and hand injuries and a myriad of doubt to cement himself a spot on the Opening Day starting lineup in 2013. But let’s look at Brown’s 2012 season to decipher why fans should be content with what Brown is.

First off, Brown isn’t what he was advertised to be. He won’t be a 30-plus, 100-RBI guy everyone was hoping he’d be. He may still be, but he’s probably not going to be. Instead he’s going to be a guy the Phillies are going to rely on to get on base, take bases with his legs and score runs. Brown can very easily do that.

Brown’s season started off on the wrong foot again. In 2011, Brown broke the hamate bone in his hand, halting his chances at making the Phillies then. But in 2012, Brown jammed his thumb on a diving play and had minor neck problems, causing him to again start in Triple A where he would work on playing in left field.

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Chooch’s Three-Hit Day Leads Phillies Past Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels went seven innings, allowing one run for his 17th win of the season. He ended the year with a 3.05 ERA. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Marlins 1
WP – Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (38)

MIAMI — The Phillies are on a mission to end their season on a high note.

With a 4-1 win over the Marlins, the Phillies put themselves at one game above .500. If they can win two in Washington, that will give them 83 wins and a winning season.

Cole Hamels capped off a tremendous season with a seven innings of one-run ball. The left-hander fanned eight, surrendering only one run on five hits and a walk.

Hamels finished the season with a career-high in wins with 17 as well as a career-high 216 strikeouts. To go along with that, Hamels finished with a 3.05 ERA and 215 1/3 innings pitched.

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Phillies Sit Three Games Back With Win

Phillies 6, Braves 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
LP – Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies knew they needed a win with St. Louis losing earlier in the day.

They capitalized, hitting four home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Braves Friday night in Philadelphia. It was their fourth straight win and it pulled them to three games back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.

The Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Juan Pierre hit a one-out triple and scored on Chase Utley’s ground out to make it a 1-0 game.

Atlanta responded with an RBI ground out by Brian McCann to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. The Phillies added onto the lead in the 4th with back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

Utley also homered later in the game to make it a 6-2 game. Howard and Utley’s shots gave them 299 and 199 career homers respectively, pulling the two within one of mile stones.

Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 7th, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six for his 10th win of the season.

It was the fourth time in Kendrick’s career he won 10 games. In 2008 and 2010, Kendrick won a career high 11 games. He has a shot at tying it this season.

3B: Pierre (6). HR: Frandsen (2), Howard (13), Ruiz (15), Utley (11).

Boxscore.

Wild 1st Sets Tone In Phillies Rout

A victimized RP Josh Edgin looks down while Ryan Howard (background) circles the bases after hitting a 9th inning grandslam. It was Howard’s second 9th inning homer off Edgin in as many days. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Phillies 16, Mets 1
WP – Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79)

QUEENS, NY — The Phillies were held to six scoreless innings. Fortunately for them, the other three innings provided a lot of damage.

An eight-run 1st inning and a seven-run 9th propelled the Phillies to a 16-1 pounding of the Mets. The win gave them the sweep, and kept them in pace with St. Louis, who won again earlier in the day.

The Phillies had 21 hits in the game — of those 21 hits, 19 of them were singles. The only extra base hits came from Chase Utley’s double and Ryan Howard’s grand slam.

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Pierre Clears Trade Waivers; Could Be Dealt By Midnight

Phillies OF Juan Pierre (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

With the trade waiver deadline ending tonight at midnight the Phillies could have one more move left in them this season.

With a month left on his contract, outfielder Juan Pierre has cleared trade waivers and could be dealt before midnight to a contending team.

Pierre, 35, is hitting .300 with 32 stolen bases and an OBP of .343.

Brown Injures Knee In Loss; Says He’s Fine

PHILADELPHIA — Domonic Brown left at the start of the 10th inning of the Phillies 9-5 10-inning loss to the Mets on Tuesday due to a sore knee.

After the game, Brown said his knee was a little sore, and that he is fine.

“I really don’t know – I didn’t feel too bad at all,” Brown said after the game. “They asked me if I was all right. I said, ‘Yeah.’ Maybe they thought I was fibbing to them. But I feel like I’m all right, able to play.”

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Yayberry: Mayberry Jr Walks It Off In the 11th

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. hits a walk-off RBI single to left field in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Reds in 11 innings. (Photo by John Russo)

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Phillies 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14)
LP – Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49)

PHILADELPHIA — Three times were a charm for the Phillies.

After failing to bring home the winning run in the 9th and 10th innings with runners in scoring positon, the Phillies sealed the deal in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, John Mayberry Jr. hit a grounder in the gap between short stop and third to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The RBI single finished off four unanswered runs that enabled the Phillies to  make the come-from-behind win.

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Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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Phillies Activate Polanco; In Lineup Tonight

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have officially activated third baseman Placido Polanco from the 15-day DL.

The move was known yesterday when the Phillies sent IF/OF Hector Luna back to Lehigh Valley in anticipation to activate Polanco.

Polanco will also be in tonight’s lineup batting seventh against the Reds. His normal spot in the two-hole has been effectively inhabited by outfielder Juan Pierre.

Polanco is having the worst season of his 15-year career, hitting .255 with a .300 OPB, both career lows. His OPS+ of 69 is also a career low.

 

 

Hamels Extends Shut Out Streak; Blanks Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched his second straight complete game shut out, expanding his streak to 22 innings. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Phillies 4, Marlins 0
WP – Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28)

MIAMI — Cole Hamels is in a zone.

The Phillies left-hander, who is still fresh off inking a six-year extension, showed his worth in another shut out performance in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Hamels was nearly unhittable, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. He threw 113 pitches, an astounding 85 for strikes. He expanded his shut out streak to 22 innings.

Hamels kept the Marlins hitters at bay, who didn’t have an answer for the Phillies offense tonight.

An RBI double by Chase Utley got things rolling in the 3rd inning. Juan Pierre scored later in the inning on an error by Miami third baseman Greg Dobbs to make it 2-0.

The Phils scored twice more in the game. In the 4th, Pierre hit an RBI triple to make it 3-0 and then Erik Kratz’s sacrifice fly in the 7th made it a 4-0 game.

2B: Utley (5), Mayberry (17). 3B: Pierre (5).

Boxscore.

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