Another day, another home run for Domonic Brown. In a hot streak that has seen him hit 9 home runs in the last 10 games, Brown did it again last night, blasting his NL leading 17th bomb in the Phillies' 7-2 win over the Marlins. It was also another 3-hit game for him, and after hitting .206 for the first 3 weeks of the year, Brown's hot stretch has him at a lofty .291 and is one of the best long stretches any HomeSider has ever had! He is 15 for his last 31 over the last 8 games, including 8 home runs and 15 RBI over that period!!
Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis and Kyle Kendrick all added hits (Kendrick's was a triple!), and Kyle threw his 2nd complete game to improve to 6-3, 3.12 on the year. I would have to say both KK and Brown are front runners to be selected for the All-Star festivities in New York next month! The victory for Kyle was #23 for Homesiders this year.
At Yankee Stadium, New York beat the Indians, 7-4 despite 3 more hits from Michael Bourn, who is up to .312 and is 5 for his last 9. Bourn has only played in 34 games because of that hand injury he suffered in April, but he has to be among those being considered for All-Star selction also!..........In Cincinnati, the Reds shut out the Rockies 3-0 behind Bronson Arroyo. Josh Outman allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 2 in just .2 innings..............In Atlanta, Mike Zagurski had similar problems for the Pirates, walking 3 of the 6 hitters he faced and allowing a run in his .2 innings of a 7-2 Braves win over Pittsburgh.
On the minor league side, lets start with what I neglected to mention yesterday, the promotion of Jordan Guth from Lakewood to Clearwater on Sunday. Congratulations to Jordan and continues good luck from all of us here in Lakewood. The Claws had a travel day Monday and will open a series in Hickory tonight.
In Allentown Monday, Leandro Castro hit a 2-run walk off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the IronPigs a 4-3 win over Gwinnett. Leandro is htting .281, with 6 homers and 28 RBI for Lehigh Valley.