After three long, torturous games without a victory, the Phillies FINALLY won their first game of the spring Tuesday against the Yankees at Bright House Field 4-3.
Well… it TOOK long enough, boys!
Kyle Kendrick, assured of a spot in the starting rotation for the first time in his career, gave up one run and three hits in two innings.
Hey, he didn’t accidentally set the stadium on fire or release a mutated virus into the crowd or anything, so it was a positive first outing for the right-hander.
But the bigger news occurred in the seventh inning with the Phils down 3-1. To that point, the offense had mustered just two hits until Domonic Brown stepped to the plate and did a very bad thing to a poor, innocent little baseball.
Brown’s solo moon shot drew the Phils to within 3-2, and had mouths agape in the dugout.
“What you see, that’s what he can do,” Manuel said. “Domonic looks like he has slowed down at the plate. The way he has hit the ball here lately, that’s what I call staying behind the ball. Keep your balance.”
In his attempt to make Delmon Young completely irrelevant, Brown is 3-7 this spring with two home runs and three extra base hits. Brown credits new assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner with being totally awesome.
“It seemed like God maybe sent an angel down toward me,” Brown said of Joyner. “He showed me a little something then, boom, it clicked and I’ve been working hard every day.”
Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury…
Early in camp, Joyner noticed that Brown had a tendency to wrap his hands and wrists around the bat handle instead of cradling it in the base of his fingers. Joyner suggested that Brown adjust his grip and it has a created quicker, whippier swing.
I can tell you one person who isn’t too happy with Mr. Joyner right now.
The winning runs came off the bat of one of the Phils’ top prospects, catcher Tommy Joseph. Joseph creamed a first pitch fastball over the left field wall in the 7th for a two-run shot that gave the Phils their one-run lead.
Joseph will likely start the year in AAA, but showed a little something to get excited about.
Still, the story of the day was Brown, who is doing everything he can to ruin Ruben Amaro’s best-laid plans.
And if you see Wally Joyner get fired today, you’ll know why.