Dom Brown received a standing ovation before he stepped into the batter’s box, and almost put his first hit in the right-field seats during his first trip to the plate. He went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, scored 2 runs and won the hearts of the fans. In game 1 he got his first hit, RBI and run scored. Doc Halladay threw a complete game in the 7-1 final, and he came within 1 out of his 4th shutout in 8 complete performances, including a perfect one plus a 9 scoreless incomplete contest. I-Bomb Ibanez produced 2 hits in 3 trips plus 2 walks, and he now has a 7-game hitting streak. J-Dub Werth stroked 3 hits (4 passes), and Chooch Ruiz also smashed 3 hits (4 rips) with 3 RBI. The run has reached 7 games, the games back remains at 3.5, and the deal for Roy Oswalt is almost final.
I-Bomb earned a 6-pitch two-out walk, and took 2nd on a first-inning passed ball. J-Dub clanked a second-frame leadoff double off the right-field scoreboard, and Brown smoked the right-field wall near the top for an RBI double in his 1st MLB at-bat. Welcome to the show, Mr. Brown. Chooch singled him to third, and he scored on Wilson Valdez’s RBI groundout for a 2-0 lead after two. I-Bomb lined a one-out right-field double over the fielder’s head, Ryno Howard accepted an in-the-third free pass, and I-Bomb avoided a tag at 3rd to prevent a double play. Stephen Drew leadoff singled to center in the next frame, but Chooch caught him one-out stealing.
J-Dub lined an up-the-middle sixth-inning leadoff single, Brown smacked a hard right-field single, and Chooch hooked a leftfield-corner 2-RBI double, ending Edwin Jackson’s outing. Jackson went 5 plus on 103 darts, allowing 8 hits and 5 all-earned runs with 2 BB to 3 strikeouts. Polly Polanco two-out RBI singled off Sam Demel for a 5-0 tally after six. I-Bomb lined a right-field single, J-Dub cracked an off-the-scoreboard one-out double, and Brown lifted a right-field sacrifice-fly RBI, moving the runner to third. Chooch two-out RBI doubled over the centerfield’s head, Valdez was intentionally walked for Doc, and the lead grew to 7-0 after seven.
Demel needed 44 pitches for only 2 total, giving up 4 hits and 2 both-earned runs with 1 BB to 2 out on strikes. Juan Gutierrez pitched a scoreless eighth with a BB to a K. Kelly Johnson singled to right, and Miguel Montero RBI doubled on a misplayed ball by Brown for a 7-1 final. Doc threw a complete game, scattering 6 hits and 1 run (earned) without a BB to 9 punch outs.
Shane Victorino has an abdominal strain, which was revealed by the MRI, and Dom Brown made his standing-ovation MLB debut in the 6-slot last night.
In June’s 6 ballgames (5 starts), he was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA for 31.1 innings, parting with 31 hits and 19 runs (16 earned) plus 8 walks to 18 in the K zone. Without the relief stint in June, he had a 4.91 ERA in that month. He had five May performances, and went 3-1 with an 3.13 ERA for 31.2 frames, giving up 32 hits and 13 runs (11 earned) with 7 free passes to 11 strikeouts. In five April games he was 0-1 with a 7.61 ERA for 23.2 innings, allowing 29 hits, 20 runs (all earned), and 10 bases on balls to 12 K zones.