Baseball returned after a four-day absence on Friday, and the Phillies finished the weekend with two gems and a dud.
Friday saw the Phils’ offense explode for a six-run second inning and a four-run eighth inning en route to an 11-5 win over the San Diego Padres. Carlos Santana had four RBI with Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera driving in two runs each. But that came after Jake Arrieta gave up four runs in the first inning. He ended up going 3 1/3 and giving up all five runs off six hits and three walks with just two strikeouts.
After a Saturday torrential downpour, the teams played two yesterday. The Phils didn’t get the message in the first game and got blown out 10-2 in an awful game by the defense. San Diego scored three runs in the first, sixth, and ninth innings respectively. Despite having nine strikeouts, Nick Pivetta gave up six runs off eight hits in 5 1/3. The Phils were still alive in the top of the sixth, but a Hernandez fielding error led to a Padre rally for their second batch of three runs. Maybe wear sunglasses next time.
But it ended very well for the Phils as Vince Velasquez pitched seven shutout innings and gave up only two hits with seven strikeouts in a 5-0 win. Rhys Hoskins had a three-run homer in the seventh to help pull the team away.
The team is still in need of help pretty much everywhere. The trade deadline is eight days away, and there’s still talk of multiple players potentially coming to Philly. The biggest need is probably in the bullpen, and that need may have increased with Edubray Ramos placed on the 10-day DL. He strained his left patellar tendon in the sixth inning of the first game in the Sunday doubleheader.
Elsewhere, Aaron Altherr and Mark Leiter Jr. have been optioned to Triple-A. We’ll find out the corresponding moves later today.
One will probably be activating Zach Eflin off the DL. He’s scheduled to start in tonight’s series opener against the Dodgers at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. It’ll mark the return of Chase Utley, and the arrival of Manny Machado in Dodger blue. Don’t boo either one.
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After Kevin wrote about the Sixers’ depth Friday morning, the team decided to confirm what he thought: Richaun Holmes was the odd man out. He was, and was dealt to Phoenix for cash. Shortly after, the team signed Jonah Bolden to a four-year deal.
Nemanja Bjelica and the Kings agreed to a…three-year, $20.5 million deal. Way to overpay guys, Vlade!
Eagles training camp starts this week. Players report on Wednesday with the first session on Thursday.
Speaking of linebackers, Nate Gerry might need to make an impact at that position after transitioning from safety in his rookie year:
One might think going from safety to linebacker would make speed less of a factor, but for Gerry, it became an obstacle – because in football, “speed” means more than being able to run fast.
“Being able to adapt to the speed,” Gerry said about what most flummoxed him when making the switch. “The game play just happens a lot faster at the linebacker position; the closer you are to the football, the faster things happen.
“I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident in my ability. The offseason really treated me well, too, being able to compete in the weight room and compete in OTAs. Just to reassure [myself of] my ability to make those plays that I made in college. It helped a lot.”
Could the Eagles make another preseason trade, this time for a linebacker?
Nick Foles defeated Tom Brady, again.
Could Nolan Patrick be the best breakout star for next season?
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There’s also a new episode of Snow the Goalie available, which discusses a lot about reporting.
The Union fell to the LA Galaxy 3-1 in a rainy match at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. Despite a C.J. Sapong deflection in the 29th minute, the Galaxy scored three second half goals, one from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to get the three points. They’ll play in Houston against the Dynamo on Wednesday.
In other sports news, Francesco Molinari won The Open Championship with a -8 score. It was his first major championship. Sunday partner Tiger Woods had one of his best outings in a long time, posting a -5 score and finishing tied for 6th.
Vikings offensive line coach and former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano died suddenly at the age of 59 after a heart attack.
The NFL is freezing their national anthem policy.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is on the DL after getting symptoms of head, foot, and mouth disease.
A Boyertown man is also a fake Nazi wrestler.
In the news, a possible tornado struck the Lehigh Valley.
Donald Trump is back at it again on Twitter.
A gunman in Toronto killed a woman and injured 13 others.