Another chance to move into first place in the National League East, another failed opportunity.
The Braves, actually just Ozzie Albies, took care of the Phillies 3-1 in the second game of their three game series. Albies hit a solo home run in the third inning before scoring the remaining two runs for Atlanta.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, the Phillies couldn’t get anything going again against Brandon McCarthy. The right-hander won his fifth game of the season and fourth against the Phils. In this performance, he struck out five while allowing four hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings. Cesar Hernandez extended his on-base streak to 26 games thanks to an RBI single that brought home Maikel Franco.
Odubel Herrera also extended his “games he’s made it to at least first base no matter what the MLB says” streak to 48 games.
Jake Arrieta takes the mound in the rubber match tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Elsewhere, the Phillies have their new left-handed batting practice pitcher. It’s a former minor leaguer from Cherry Hill.
Jorge Alfaro isn’t that good in the batters box. But who cares? He’s got a cannon of an arm.
While you read all that, make sure you listen to the latest edition of Crossed Up.
AmeriGas is back at it again, this time with seven field-level tickets for an upcoming Phillies game.
The CB Six Pack has returned. It’s been a long time since this happened.
Day 1 of OTAs was…eventful. The team lost two linebackers for different reasons. Mychal Kendricks didn’t participate, and we later found out he was released. Corey Nelson took Kendricks’ spot at the WILL linebacker position. During OTAs, Paul Worrilow injured his right leg and was put in an air cast. It’s a torn ACL. Yeesh.
Later in the day, Brian Dawkins announced he was stepping down from his full-time role with the team to pursue other endeavors.
Nick Foles was almost traded to Cleveland for the 35th overall pick earlier this year. That never happened because the Super Bowl MVP wanted to stay in Philly. Smart move.
Sidney Jones is ready to make a big impact this season in his first actual season of play:
“Proving it to myself, first of all. I have high expectations of myself,” he said, when asked what motivates him, now that he is no longer rehabbing an injury. “Proving it to everybody else, too; I was rated highly last year and didn’t get to show that. I’m back.”
Wide receiver Shelton Gibson, a fifth-round draftee last season who also failed to make an impact, worked against Jones for several snaps Tuesday and said: “I like the way Sidney competes, always.”
Is Jones moving better than he was last season, now that the injury is more than a year behind him?
“He always looked good to me,” Gibson said.
Ben Simmons was a unanimous pick for the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He is a rookie.
Joel Embiid has ended his Twitter hiatus making fun of Aron Baynes.
While in the Bahamas, he played basketball with some random dudes.
Sam Hinkie has returned… on a podcast.
Carter Hart will report to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as they play Game 3 in their Eastern Conference Final against the Toronto Marlies. They’re down 2-0 in the series. Game will be aired on NBC Sports Philadelphia + at 7:05 PM.
In other sports news, Houston tied their series with Golden State after a 95-92 win in the Bay Area. It was their first ever playoff win on Golden State’s home court.
NFL owners approved new helmet and kickoff rules. At least the Eagles won the Super Bowl before the league turned to crap.
Chargers tight end Hunter Henry also tore his ACL. He’s done for the year.
A quarterback did get traded. Christian Hackenberg was shipped to Oakland for a conditional seventh round pick.
Looks like the New York Rangers will hire David Quinn from BU as their new head coach.
This does not look like Brandi Chastain.
Danica Patrick will host this year’s ESPYs. Do you even watch these?
In the news, an autistic teen ran along traffic on I-95.
So that North Korea meeting may never happen.
Comcast is preparing to make a higher bid for some of 21st Century Fox’s assets to compete with Disney.
A judge sided with parents that want to evict their 30-year-old son.