“As he sat in the dugout before Thursday’s game against Arizona, Phillies rookie Domonic Brown was still riding the high he got from Wednesday’s impressive major-league debut.
But he had plenty of time to come back to earth, because he was not in the starting lineup.
With the Phillies facing lefthander Joe Saunders, manager Charlie Manuel decided to give the lefthanded-hitting Brown a view from the bench.
“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Brown said, alluding to the double, single, two runs scored, and two RBIs he collected Wednesday against Arizona. “I’m just hanging out now, so maybe it’ll hit me in a little while.”
Brown, who returned to Allentown after Wednesday’s game to gather his belongings, said he knew he wasn’t going to start Thursday after he spoke with Manuel when he reported from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Manuel said that he didn’t start Brown because he already had two lefthanded hitters in the lineup – Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard – and that Ben Francisco was 3 for 5 in his career against Saunders. Francisco began the game in right field instead of Brown.
Brown pinch-hit in the seventh inning and flied out to left on Thursday night.
“When I talked to Domonic [on Wednesday], I told him exactly what he could expect and that’s exactly what I’ll do,” Manuel said. “I told him he’s going to play 60, 70 percent of the time. Just let me worry about it.”
Brown hit .318 against lefthanders at double-A Reading and .311 in 45 at-bats against lefties when he was with Lehigh Valley.
“I feel very comfortable against lefties,” he said. “I hit them better when I was at Reading.””
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