Domonic Brown Heat Check: Cooling Off

Domonic Brown Heat Check: Cooling Off

Is it any coincidence that quite possibly the biggest Phillies letdown this season yet coincides with the sudden disappearance of Dom Bombs? Don’t look now, but it’s been over a week since Domonic Brown last hit a home run, a stretch that just happened to fall right in the thick of the club’s 3-7 road trip.

No home runs at Coors Field? Really? Really. In fact, Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez passed Brown for the National League lead in home runs on Sunday with his 20th.

Power isn’t the only difference in Brown at the plate, either. He’s in a bit of a slump, period. Over the last seven games the reigning NL Player of the Month is 3-for-25 with no extra-base hits, one lonely run, one lonely RBI.

You knew he was going to come back down to earth eventually. Unfortunately the Phillies are prone to gravity, too. Their record is 2-5 during Brown’s mini-slump.

This is not the first time this season the Fightins have suffered along with their everyday leftfielder, either. Prior to this, Brown’s worst stretch this season was April 14-23, a period where he went 2-for-24 at the dish while dealing with a sore back. The Phils were 3-6 during that span.

What should we make of Dom’s vanishing act? Well, not too much so far. There was no way that homer-a-day binge was going to last, especially as word made it around baseball about what he was doing.

And Brown is still doing some good things up there as well. After going the month of May without drawing a single walk, he’s got six already in June, half of those during this ongoing cold spell. Either he’s getting more selective by choice, or the increase in free passes demonstrates a change in how pitchers are approaching him. A couple of the freebies were intentional, so it seems opposing teams finally caught on.

Again, not an altogether unexpected development – although it is a situation to monitor. Pitchers are adjusting, and with so many far easier outs to choose from in the Phillies’ lineup in these days, Brown simply isn’t going to see as many meatballs. How he responds will be the true test of how good a hitter he can be.

In the meantime, Brown’s slump has made the Fightins a whole lot less enjoyable to watch. Dom Brown’s own little personal home run derby over the previous few weeks was not only breathtaking to behold, it was helping the club rack up wins. If he’s not producing, then who is?

I think we figured out the answer to that question sometime in the last eight days.

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.