Domonic Brown homers twice, continues breakout power season

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Domonic Brown (blurry) is on pace for 40 HR. (USATSI)
Domonic Brown (blurry) is on pace for 40 HR. (USATSI)

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The Phillies eeked out a 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, and they did so thanks to a pair of solo home runs from left fielder Domonic Brown. They were his 12th and 13th homers of the season, good for second place in the NL behind Justin Upton.

Brown, 25, moved his batting line up to .262/.298/.519 in 198 plate appearances, which is solidly above average despite the ugly sub-.300 OBP. He makes up for the poor on-base ability with power, and he's not just a product of cozy Citizens Bank Park either -- seven of his 13 homers have come at home compared to six on the road.

Brown looked like a bust coming into the season, having hit just .236/.315/.388 in 147 games spread across 2010-12. He was given the left field job out of spring training and has run with it, giving the Phillies a promising young player to complement aging veterans like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Baseball America ranked Brown as the fourth-best prospect in baseball prior to the 2011 season, and over the years the Phillies refused to include him in trades for Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence. Amazingly, they managed to acquire all four guys anyway. Now they get to enjoy the breakout youngster as well.

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