PHILADELPHIA — OF Domonic Brown is truly happy to be here with the Phillies in the NL Championship Series for a good reason: because he had no reason to think he would be.
"It's been a great experience," Brown said. "I couldn't ask for anything else."
The 23-year-old Zephyrhills native and Pasco High product spent the first three months of the season at Double-A Reading but has been on quite a ride since, promoted first to Triple A then a month later to the majors. He has been a surprise inclusion on the Phillies roster for the first two rounds of the playoffs.
"I didn't even know if I was going to be on the roster, so this has been like a dream come true," Brown said. "But the ultimate goal is to win a World Series."
Brown, considered the Phillies' top prospect, played in 35 games (including 13 starts in rightfield), hitting .210 with two homers and 13 RBIs.
The Phillies have been impressed.
"The more experience he gets, he's got a chance to be a real good player," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's a high-talented player. His tools grade out across the board. He grades out good — he's got power, hit in the minor leagues, tremendous arm and tremendous running speed."
Plus, he works at it. "Domonic's the kind of guy, he loves to learn. He loves to watch," CF Shane Victorino said. "He's taken a lot of this in."
Brown grew up in Pasco County and attended Pasco High for three seasons before moving to Georgia, where his father lives, for his senior year. He still has plenty of family around Pasco County and splits time between there and Clearwater during the offseason.
ECKERD ANGLE: In 1976, they shared a field together in St. Petersburg, playing baseball for the Eckerd College Tritons. Sunday night, Brian Sabean, Joe Lefebvre and Steve Balboni stood on the field at Citizens Bank Park together again as members of the Giants front office. Sabean is the boss, in his 14th season as general manager. Lefebvre, the senior adviser for scouting (after serving as a major- and minor-league coach), and Balboni, a pro scout, are part of their advance scouting team.
GAME 2 CHANGES: SS Juan Uribe was scratched from the Giants lineup due to a bruised left wrist and replaced by veteran Edgar Renteria. Uribe was injured while sliding into second after singling in a run during the sixth inning Saturday, and the Giants hope to know his status for the rest of the series today. … Manuel moved 2B Chase Utley up from third to second in the Phillies order to split him up from fellow lefty Ryan Howard; 3B Placido Polanco batted third.
TRAFFIC JAM: Sunday night's game capped a busy weekend at the south Philly sports complex that included a Temple college football game, Flyers hockey game, Eagles NFL game and two Phillies playoff games.
MISCELLANY: Giants OF Cody Ross broke up a no-hitter for the third straight game with a home run. … Roy Oswalt's nine strikeouts were his most in a postseason game. … The Phillies still say they plan to start RHP Joe Blanton in Game 4 on Wednesday, but the possibility of Roy Halladay looms.