Pitching and defense wins ballgames, as the old adage goes. But hitting is contagious. Based on the way Domonic Brown has been swinging the bat over the past month-plus, the Phillies are waiting for a pandemic to break out. Perhaps after the 7-2 victory over the last-place Miami Marlins (see Instant Replay), the Phillies are beginning to get a bit infected with whatever it is Brown has. Brown's latest home run — his eighth in his last eight games and ninth in his last 10 — helped the Phillies score seven runs for the second straight game. For a team that scored seven runs in just two games and was shut out three times in May, this outburst is a significant development. “I always say hitting is contagious,” said Brown, whose two-run blast in the sixth inning broke the game open. “I’m just trying to bring my energy to the ballclub. We’ve got a lot of guys out there having a lot of fun as well. We’re just trying to keep it up.” Brown went 3 for 4, clubbed his league-leading 17th home run and raised his batting average to .291. Erik Kratz and Delmon Young also hit homers in the victory and leadoff man Ben Revere had a pair of hits and swiped two bases. Even pitcher Kyle Kendrick got in on the party by lacing a long triple to center field that was punctuated with a belly flop of a headfirst slide. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard hit a double as he slowly shows signs of getting his swing together. Who knows, maybe Howard is trying to keep up with Brown. Isn’t it funny how roles change?
Brown stays hot, leads Phillies' rout of Marlins
CSN Philly | Jun 4