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.


Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.