Domonic Brown, who missed the previous two games nursing a bruised knee, was yanked from Tuesday's game in the 10th inning when he gingerly chased down a ball in left field. Staying on the field has been a major concern for the 24-year-old outfielder, whose most complete season included just 114 games for Low-A Lakewood back in 2008. In 99 plate appearances since his promotion, he's hitting .258/.330/.366 with one homer, no stolen bases, a shaky glove, but a keen eye for recognizing balls and strikes. Frankly, I still haven't seen nearly enough to be convinced that Brown can contribute as a Major League starting corner.
Meanwhile, Vance Worley's second-half spiral continued with a 62-pitch dud, in which he surrendered nine hits over 4 1-3 innings. Opponents are hitting .350 against the right-hander over the last two months, which coincides with the diagnosis that he's pitching through a bone chip in his elbow. Between Worley, Josh Lindblom and BJ Rosenberg, the Phillies wasted valiant efforts by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who hit their ninth homers of the season, for Howard, a grand slam. The veteran pair has added 55 RBIs to the lineup since their return.