Hey, know who we like talking about? Domonic Brown. Because even when the Phillies lose to a lousy team like the Brewers, that guy gives us a reason to watch, belting two more home runs to bump his total to 12 for the month of May.
Know who else has hit at least 12 home runs in a single month at 25-years-old or younger in the last 20 seasons? You should. It’s a pretty good list.
Corey Seidman Tweeted this out on Friday shortly after Dom hit his seventh bomb in seven days. Needless to say, it caught our attention.
What do all of those players have in common (besides the obvious hitting 12 HR in a month at or under the age of 25)? Two things. First of all, they’ve all been named All Stars, something Brown is going to be a lock for if his production keeps up anywhere near this pace.
Second, they’re pretty much all power hitters. The guys who have done this continued to be among the league leaders in home runs for many years. In other words, if he is like all of these guys – and he’s being bunched in with them here – this fireworks display has been anything but a fluke.
This is just how Dom Brown rolls.
Brown may have completed the month of May without drawing a single walk, but he batted .303, slugged .688, and had an impressive .991 OPS. And the Phillies may have dropped to three games below .500, but thanks to some Domonation, they haven’t completely lost us yet.
Of course, if they can’t get something going on this stretch, they might. After all, Brown is due to slump eventually.
Seniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and No. 1 Villanova held off Providence, 78-68, in a Big East game at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.
Villanova extended a four-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points before hot-shooting Providence closed to within nine with five minutes left. Villanova then went on a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
Hart had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Wildcats, and Jenkins added 19 points, four boards and four assists. Both shot over 50 percent.
Sophomore Mikal Bridges scored 15 points, matching his Big East career high, and also had three rebounds and three assists, and Jalen Brunson contributed 13 points to go with three rebounds and four assists.
Providence stayed in the game by shooting 13 for 26 from three against the No. 3 three-point shooting defense in Division 1.
What it means
Villanova improved to 19-1 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the Big East. The Wildcats have won five in a row since losing at Butler on Jan. 4.
Providence fell to 13-8 and 3-5 in the conference and 1-6 on the road. The Friars have lost six of eight since an 11-2 start.
Villanova is now 47-34 all-time at the Wells Fargo Center but 14-2 in its last 16 games at the South Philly arena.
Stat of the day
Providence shot better from three (50 percent) than two (44 percent). The Friars made 13 threes and just nine two-pointers.
Providence trailed by just four at halftime at 35-31, but Bridges opened the second half with a steal and fast-break reverse layup and a jumper from the top of the key to start an 8-0 run that gave Villanova a 12-point lead. The Friars never got any close than eight points the rest of the game.
By the numbers
• Providence’s 50 percent shooting from three is the highest against ‘Nova since North Carolina shot 65 percent in the national championship game on April 4 in Houston.
• Villanova’s bench scored just two points.
• Providence’s 13 threes are the most by a Big East team against Villanova since Doug McDermott and Creighton had 21 in a 28-point win three years ago this week.
• Rodney Bullock led Providence with 17 points (3 for 5 from three), Jalen Lindsey added 14 (4 for 7 from three) and Isaiah Jackson came off the bench to score 12 (3 for 3 from three).
• Darryl Reynolds' last two double-digit rebound games have both been against Providence.
Villanova travels to Milwaukee for a Tuesday night game against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big East with a game later Saturday at Creighton.
Villanova has won nine straight games against Marquette, since the Golden Eagles — then ranked No. 17 — came back from 18 points down to win 82-78 at the Wells Fargo Center in January 2012.