Following Wednesday’s trade that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Reds, the Phillies are considering moving Domonic Brown from left to right field. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the team has spoken to Brown about making the move and Brown has been preparing for the possibility during the off-season.
Brown, 27, made his way through the Phillies’ minor league system primarily as a right fielder. He took over in left field while the Phillies had Hunter Pence (and later, Byrd) in right. Defensively, the former top prospect has always looked more comfortable in right than in left.
Brown will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season in which he failed to live up to expectations, batting .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.