Try As He Might, Domonic Brown Can’t Do It All By Himself

Try As He Might, Domonic Brown Can’t Do It All By Himself

Domonic Brown heat check: still hot.

The breakout season continued in Milwaukee on Saturday night, as Brown went 2-for-4 and drove in all three of the Phillies’ runs. Dom rocked a solo homer in the second inning to extend his National League lead to 19, then later shot a clutch two-run double into opposite field during the seventh.

It wasn't enough though. The Brewers managed to score one more than the Fightins for the second night in a row, eking out the 4-3 victory and dropping Philadelphia back below .500 in the process.

Brown extended his streak of reaching base safely to 13 consecutive games. He’s also crossed home plate in each of the last nine. His batting average has increased to .293, and his slugging percentage surpassed .600, now up to .604.

But he still could’ve used a little more help in the losing effort.

Michael Young, Kevin Frandsen, and Jimmy Rollins all had multi-hit games at the top of the order, but Delmon Young posted an O-fer in front of Brown in the cleanup spot. The rest of the lineup combined for one base hit, this in nine innings against Milwaukee relief pitching.

Kyle Kendrick was the pitcher of record for the Phils, allowing three scores over six frames. Michael Stutes was a little wild in the seventh, eventually surrendering what wound up being a decisive insurance run.

In other bad news, Erik Kratz injured his knee while running out a ground ball in the ninth inning. He was said to be on crutches after the game, and according to reports the catcher heard a pop. Tough blow even with Carlos Ruiz on the comeback trail, as Kratz was quietly putting together a nice season. More as we hear it.

It’s been troubling watching the Phillies struggle to beat the Brewers, who have taken four of six in the season series – all in the past nine days – heading into the final meeting on Sunday. Milwaukee has won one tilt in their last nine versus any other opponent, posting a 24-37 record for the year.

You can’t help but notice what a huge missed opportunity it truly is when you look at what Brown has done to the Brew Crew. Dom is 11-for-21 with seven runs, four bombs, 11 RBI, four walks, and three stolen bases against Milwaukee.

He’s a one-man wrecking crew. And that’s not gonna get it done.

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Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

Eagles Injury Update: Mathews and Matthews to return to practice

If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is. 

Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. 

Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner. 

Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL. 

Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday. 

Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return. 

"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."

In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.