Dom Brown Shows Off His Hose By Gunning Down McCann at Second

Dom Brown Shows Off His Hose By Gunning Down McCann at Second

Cole Hamels was absolutely dominant against the Braves this evening, tossing a 5-hit complete-game shutout on the way to a 3-0 victory. It was a pleasure to watch the lefty go to work and Phillies fans can now get excited knowing we'll get to enjoy Cole for years to come in Philadelphia.

But one of the single most entertaining plays of the game came from young Dom Brown in left field during the top of the fifth inning. Brown's cannon for an arm has caused a stir on Twitter in the past, with Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury coining the "Hose Report" to update others on the hose of an arm the prospect-turned-everydayer possesses.

The Hose Report on Tuesday night: strong.

Here's how it went down:

[watch video of Brown nailing McCann at second on a rope here]

With two outs, pesky Phillies-killer Brian McCann ripped a ball down the left field line which bounced off the wall.

Brown played it perfectly and got it on one hop. That'd be a double for most hitters, but McCann isn't exactly speedy and Brown has a rocket.
It was a smooth transition and turn...
Dom let's er rip...
The rope pulled Chase slightly off the bag...
But it was such a rocket he had plenty of time to get back and tag McCann...
NAILED.

Brown also continued his solid play at the plate, showing plenty of patience and knocking in an RBI earlier in the game when he turned what looked like a single into a double. He may have gotten a bit lucky he wasn't nailed on that one. [video of the RBI double here]

Either way, the future looks a bit more promising for Dom Brown this time around with the big club.

And make no mistake about it, the hose is strong.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.