Your Thursday Morning Roundup

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Vince Velasquez’s return to the mound was a strong one, but it wasn’t enough.

The right-hander gave up only two hits and a walk in six innings to go along with three strikeouts. But the Phillies’ offense couldn’t figure out Jacob deGrom, who pitched eight innings and gave up five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Just like the first game in the series on Monday afternoon, the Mets got a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th thanks to Brandon Nimmo to take home the 3-0 win.

Cesar Hernandez was the only Phillie to record two hits out of the team’s six total hits, while the Mets mustered only four. But their final hit proved to be the deciding one.

Surprisingly, the first sign of actual action came when a fan ran onto the field:

Scott Kingery tried to trip him. He missed. He’ll learn. Let’s hope he also learns how to be better on offense.

It’ll be a busy couple of days for the Phils in terms of traveling. They’re in Baltimore today for a date with the Orioles in a makeup game from May 15 at 6:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Nick Pivetta’s on the mound. They’ll see Manny Machado again, but they’ll also see Zach Britton. He might be the Oriole that becomes a Phillie by the end of the month.

After this game tonight, they’ll travel to Miami for a weekend series with the Marlins before the All-Star break.

Along with Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins will be in D.C. for the Home Run Derby as the #8 seed:

Down on the farm, last year’s first overall pick Adam Haseley has been promoted to Double-A Reading.

The Roundup:

The Sixers have their first round Summer League playoff game tonight against the Phoenix Suns. Tip off is at 6:30 PM on ESPN2. It’ll be the Mikal Bridges-Zhaire Smith game. Winner of the game will win the trade.

Cam Oliver has been one of the more impressive Summer Sixers.

Sixers assistant coach Kevin Young, who is heading the summer league team, believes Oliver has the tool to play in the NBA.

“He has an NBA body,” Young said.  “I haven’t seen every [summer league] game. But I watched a lot of them.

“He has to be one of the most athletic guys here, but with his body. He’s like a man, and he’s big and strong with that athleticism. He’s got a bright upside.”

Did LeBron James make the wrong choice in picking LA over Cherry Hill? I don’t think LA has a friendly Nissan giant, so I think he’ll regret his decision.

If Kawhi Leonard comes to Philadelphia, Pau Gasol might be in that package. What are his thoughts about possibly living in Cherry Hill?

The Sixers still don’t have a GM. It feels like a long time, but it could be a good thing.

Yes, the opportunity to take over a team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons plus a lot more in tow should not be taken lightly. What also shouldn’t be taken lightly, however, is an ownership group with an unprecedented opportunity staring down a near limitless field of candidates and putting up artificial barriers. Regardless of the field you’re in, a job is often only as good (or bad!) as the people above you allow it to be.

Combine that with the bird’s eye view on the situation, knowing what happened with Sam Hinkie as it pertains to the league itself getting involved, and suddenly there are more red flags than you’d think were there on first glance.

Maybe that’s an overly pessimistic view on things, but that’s the sort of sober view these decision makers have to take every single day on the job. Running a professional sports franchise is all about determining what the range of outcomes is and deciding how much theoretical risk you’re willing to assume to chase a payoff. When you’re asking people to potentially leave front offices like those in San Antonio, Houston, or Boston — which are the sort of places Philadelphia should be hunting — you’re going to draw more natural skepticism than you would from people working for mediocre-to-bad franchises.

Wilson Chandler thinks he can fit on the Sixers in multiple ways.

Josh Harris gave $1 million to Penn wrestling.

Dates for Training Camp have been announced, including two public practices.

Despite dropping a pass in Super Bowl LII, Tom Brady’s catch rating in Madden NFL 19 is better than Nick Foles’ rating. Unlike Brady, Foles caught a touchdown pass and won the Super Bowl as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

We have a brand new offseason episode of Snow the Goalie to discuss the JVR signing and more.

The Union earned a 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire last night. David Accam scored the game-winner in added time after Ilsinho got hurt, while Corey Burke started over CJ Sapong and scored twice. They’ll take on Eintracht Frankfurt in a friendly match Saturday in Chester.

In the FIFA World Cup, Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute for Croatia in a 2-1 win over England. They’ll play France Sunday in the World Cup final, while England will take on Belgium again in the third place game on Saturday.

In other sports news, Manny Machado to the…Yankees?

Online sportsbooks went live in New Jersey.

Taryn Hatcher signed off from her Hawaii TV station. She’ll be working for NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The Cavs could have traded up to #3 with Atlanta to get Luka Doncic. But they’d also get Kent Bazemore.

In the news, a man fled police after a traffic stop and died after he drowned in the Wissahickon Creek.

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned as a Louisville trustee.

Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club.

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