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Phils Win, Dom Brown Tells Me Twice More to STFU

Phils Win, Dom Brown Tells Me Twice More to STFU

Domonic Brown celebrates with Erik Kratz after Brown's second home run (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Holy crap, Domonic Mordecai Brown. (His actual middle name is Larun, but I prefer Mordecai.) This guy is having a month for the history books, and in the process, he's making the Phillies must-watch TV again, for the first time since they were actually, y'know, winning games. DomBro went yard twice tonight against the Boston Red Sox--both solo shots, natch--to raise his home-run total to ten for the month of May (13 for the season), powering the Phils to a 4-3 victory. He's currently tied for 2nd in the entire NL in dingers, just one behind the Braves' Justin Upton, and he is a game away from having the slightly dubious (but much more awesome) distinction of being the first player in MLB history to have ten homers and zero walks in the same month.

It's worth mentioning that just six-and-a-half days ago, I was doing some serious wondering about whether Dom was even having a good year or not, and positing him as the Phils' teasing equivalent of the Sixers' Evan Turner. Since then, the burners have been turned on full blast with our once-and-future prospect, and he's gone 8-22 with five blasts, turning his season from intriguing-but-flawed to OMG DOM BROWN COMES UP FIVE BATTERS FROM NOW LET'S KEEP IT ON THIS CHANNEL JUST IN CASE. I don't want to take 100% credit for my column prompting his offensive explosion, but 60% seems pretty reasonable.

Dom's two HR tallies were the headline from what was otherwise a pretty odd game of baseball. The Phils ran rampant on the base paths, rightly targeting pitch John Lackey's molasses-slow delivery and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's noodle arm behind the plate, with such base-stealing luminaries as John Mayberry Jr., Delmon Young (!!) and yes, the boy Domonic as well all earning swipes. However, all four steals amounted to naught, as the only runs the Phils cashed in this evening were on that ol' Philly phavorite, the solo home run. Dom had his two, and Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz each notched one, as the bails sailed into the hot summer night as if piloted by Christopher Cross.

That was enough, but it very nearly wasn't, as Jonathan Papelbon's perfect season threatened to come to a close on a Jacoby Ellsbury blooper to shallow left that Dom came a couple inches away from becoming a two-way hero by snagging, which scored the Sox' third run and brought Pap's nearly two-month-long scoreless streak to a close. But Dom recovered to the ball quickly enough to hold secondary runner Jonny Gomes at third on the play, and then Ryno fielded a hot grounder to first for the third out in the inning. Can't say this one wasn't entertaining, certainly.

One more to go in this double home-and-home, with Jonathan Pettibone taking the hill tomorrow night against Franklin Morales (in his first pitching action in the majors this year), with a chance to take the "series" and get the Phils back up to .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 back in mid-April. Another three DomBlasts should about do the trick, we figure.

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Some photos from the game:

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Cowboys kneel before national anthem, beat Cardinals on MNF

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Cowboys kneel before national anthem, beat Cardinals on MNF

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and flipped head over heels into the end zone on a 10-yard run for another and the Dallas Cowboys pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals 28-17 on Monday night.

The Cowboys (2-1), bouncing back from a 42-17 pummeling in Denver, began the game kneeling at midfield with owner Jerry Jones in a show of unity that followed widespread protests across the NFL of critical comments by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

After they kneeled, they stood and walked to the sideline.

"We planned and it was executed that we would go out and kneel," Jones said, "and basically make the statement regarding the need for unity and the need for equality."

So they decided to make their statement before the anthem.

Prescott, 13 of 18 for 183 yards, broke a 14-14 tie with a 37-yard scoring pass to Brice Butler with 11:52 to play.

Arizona, with a spectacular catch by Larry Fitzgerald for 24 yards on a third-and-18 play, moved downfield but the drive stalled. Phil Dawson's 37-yard field goal cut the lead to 21-17 with 6:35 left.

Ezekiel Elliott, who gained 8 yards on nine carries against Denver and drew criticism for not hustling after a couple of late interceptions, was bottled up much of the game, but still gained 80 yards on 22 attempts, 30 on one play. He ran 8 yards for the final Cowboys touchdown.

The Cardinals (1-2), in their home opener, got a big game from Fitzgerald, who caught 13 passes for 149 yards, in the process moving ahead of Marvin Harrison into eighth in career receiving yards. The 13 receptions tied a career high.

"That's Fitz. It's Monday night," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "He's a money player. It was a great performance by him. It's a shame we couldn't play better around him."

Carson Palmer had a big first half, completed 15 of 18 for 145 yards and finished 29 of 48 for 325 yards and two scores. He was sacked six times, a career-high three by DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cardinals dominated the first half statistically, but were deadlocked with the Cowboys at 7-7. Arizona had a 152-57 advantage in yards and dominated time of possession 19:34 to 9:41.

Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 82 yards in eight plays. Palmer was 5-for-5 on the drive, capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown.

Before Dallas even had a first down, Arizona mounted a nearly nine-minute drive but a touchdown pass to Brown was negated by a holding penalty and Phil Dawson's 36-yard field goal try was wide right. It was the third mid-range miss for the 41-year-old kicker this season.

And the miss left the door open for the Cowboys to get back in it.

Prescott scored on a 10-yard run, flipping head-first over the goal line to tie it at 7-7 with 3:33 left in the half.

Taking a knee 
Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, so the speculation was that he would not allow his players to kneel during the national anthem.

Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night, kneeling on the field before rising as a group and going to the sideline for the national anthem.

Numerous boos rang out across University of Phoenix Stadium as the Cowboys kneeled and continued as the players rose, still arm-in-arm, and stepped back to the sideline as the flag was unfurled across the field. They remained connected as Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem (see story).

The Cardinals had their own symbol of unity after a weekend of protests in the NFL, gathering along the goal line arm-in-arm during the national anthem. They were joined by team president Michael Bidwell, his family and general manager Steve Keim.

"It's just to show unity," Cardinals team captain Frostee Rucker said. "There's so much negativity going on. People are trying to pull us apart. We always want to stay together."

More than 200 NFL players kneeled, sat or prayed during the national anthem on Sunday after President Trump said any player who does not stand for the national anthem should be fired.

Sparks, whose father Phillippi played in the NFL, had "PROV 31:8-9" written on her hand while she sang the anthem.

The bible verse says: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."