Davis: Why does Brown still get a chance to play?

Davis: Why does Brown still get a chance to play?
August 24, 2014, 9:00 am
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Dom Brown's miscues in left field continued Saturday night in the Phillies' woeful sixth inning that blew a 2-2 game into a 5-2 Cardinals lead.

The Phillies battled back in the eighth to tie the game at five, but ultimately fell, 6-5, to the Cards in 12 innings at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay).

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg gave Brown the start in left field over Darin Ruf and Grady Sizemore against the Cardinals, and Brown's poor defense played a part in the Phils' loss.

At 57-72, the Phils have nothing left to play for except for auditions for 2015. The Phillies have seen what Brown can do in the last five years, and it's not much except for one month last season that helped him make the All-Star team.

Comcast SportsNet's Phillies analyst Ben Davis doesn't see Brown giving the effort needed to be a major-league ballplayer — an everyday player or bench player.

"I saw a miscue last evening in left field where he comes in flatfooted," Davis said. "I think it's a ball that definitely needs to get caught. It's a ball pretty much every major league leftfielder is going to catch.

"I don't like the effort level. I really don't understand why he continues to get chances to play. I think Darin Ruf should be in there, righties or lefties."

To hear Davis break down Brown's lackadaisical play in left field watch the video above.

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