Sunday, May 26, 2013

2007 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #1 Domonic Brown

Phillies 5, Nationals 3
Game 49 - Saturday Night, May 25th in Washington
Record - 24-25, 3rd Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Key hits from Domonic Brown and Delmon Young, and three shutout innings from the bullpen led to a 5-3 Phillies win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  Everything went right!  The Phils got hits when they needed them and the bullpen actually did its job.  The team will try once again for the elusive .500 mark this afternoon.

What Went Right:  Jonathan Pettibone had another impressive outing, pitching six strong innings and allowing only three runs.

With the score tied at three in the eighth, Michael Young drew a one out walk.  He scored all the way from first when Delmon Young lined a ball to right.  Somehow, D. Young ended up with only a single on the play.  Michael Martinez came in to run for D. Young, and he was brought home by Brown's double.

Brown and Erik Kratz had hit back-to-back home runs in the second to give the Phils an early 2-0 lead.

2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP199 and
2008 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #3
Featured Card:  I only have three Domonic Brown baseball cards from 2013, and I've already featured all three of them.  So similar to what I did with Kyle Kendrick, let's go back to Brown's baseball card beginnings.  Brown was drafted by the Phillies in the 20th round of the June 2006 draft.  As far as I can tell, he didn't appear on any baseball cards that year and he only appeared in 34 games with the Phillies Gulf Coast League team.

In 2007, Brown played the bulk of the season with the Rookie-A Williamsport Crosscutters.  Given his status as one of the top prospects on the team, Brown received the first card in the Crosscutters' team set.  You'll note that all early cards of Brown's feature the spelling of his first name as "Dominic."  It was only right before his arrival in the Majors was imminent that Brown informed the Phillies that they had misspelled his name ever since drafting him.

In 2008, Brown made his national baseball card debut with an appearance in the Bowman Chrome Prospects insert set.  He also appeared in a number of Donruss and Tristar issues, and at least three minor league issues.  The card I've featured here is from the main Lakewood BlueClaws team set.

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