Brown has big game again
ALLENTOWN - It was just another day at the ball park for Domonic Brown, and another sensational game for the fans.
Brown, a triple away from the cycle, drilled his second IronPig homerun in as many days as Lehigh Valley downed Rochester 6-4 last night at Coca Cola Park.
With the scored tied 1-1 and Cody Ransom and John Mayberry on the base paths, Brown drilled Jeff Manship's 1-1 pitch over the right field wall to give the IronPigs a 4-1 lead.
"(Manship) was pitching me off speed stuff all night. I was sitting on off-speed (pitches), I had a hanging breaking ball and I was able to take advantage of it."
The Phillies #1 Prospect has become a bit of a sensation for Lehigh Valley. Even manager Dave Huppert started his press conference with "you are going to ask about Domonic, right?"
The IronPig offense over the past week has received a serious boost from the promotion of Brown who is hitting .458 (11 for 24) in his first seven games for the IronPigs.
"Domonic is a young kid and all the guys like him and they want him to do good," Huppert said. "He's stepped up and helped the ballclub and they are feeding off him a little bit."
"There are going to be ups and and there are going to be downs, I'm going to try to have success," Brown said of his time at Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley starter and Triple-A All-Star Nate Bump pitched a tough six innings for his seventh win of the season.
"He struggled the whole night," Huppert said. "He's a veteran, he knows how to stay out of the middle of the plate when he's not having a good night and got himself another win."
Bump was aided by an IronPig defense that made plays at key times. With the IronPigs up 1-0, Third baseman Neil Sellers robbed Rochester's Brock Peterson of an extra base hit with a diving stop. Although Peterson was safe at first, it gave Bump a chance to work out of the jam.
The offense, led by Brown, getting the IronPigs out to a lead helped Bump, who lowered his team leading ERA to 2.55.
"You want to battle more," Bump said. "You certainly don't want to go out there and give it right back."
Scott Mathieson got the last three outs for his 14th save of the season.
NOTES: The International League All-Star Rosters were announced with four IronPigs on the list. Cody Ransom (3B) and Andy Tracy (1B) were selected as starters along with pitchers Nate Bump and Scott Mathieson.