The Phillies led by two runs entering the bottom of the eighth and it looked like they would stop the bleeding. They gave up a sac fly to have their lead trimmed to one.

Then, in the top of the ninth, the Phils couldn’t score a single run with the bases loaded and one out. It would’ve been nice to at least get one in that top half of the inning because in the bottom half, this happened:

Personally, I want to die.

Zach Eflin has regressed since his great start to the season. He went only 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs off 10 hits with two walks and only two strikeouts. The bullpen held its own, until Seranthony Dominguez continued to struggle.

We also saw Roman Quinn at center field and Justin Bour at first, with the latter hitting a home run in the third inning. Let’s see more of that.

The Phils are three games back of Atlanta in the NL East and are 1.5 games back of the second wild card spot. It’s not the time to have such a slump, especially if MLB Network is giving people a look at your playoff push.

But Aaron Nola takes the mound this afternoon for a 1:05 PM start on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Max Scherzer is on the other side of the pitching matchup. We should also potentially see Luis Avilán make his Phillies debut after being traded to the club yesterday. We won’t see Wilson Ramos once again due to a sore wrist.

If you’re starting to look ahead to next year, that’s fine! The 2019 schedule came out, with the season starting March 28 at home against Atlanta.

The Roundup:

It’s dress rehearsal gameday for the Eagles as they take on the Cleveland Browns tonight at 8 PM on Fox. The biggest thing to watch in terms of position battles is at nickel corner. Doug Pederson said on Tuesday the starters should play the first half.

Should the Eagles take a look at another veteran option at running back?

Take-makers Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock (lol) aren’t fans of the Eagles this year.

Former Eagle Cedric Thornton is retiring.

In two weeks, the Eagles will wear jerseys with a Super Bowl champions patch, because they won the Super Bowl.

Molly Sullivan is staying with the Eagles for this season.

Flyers center Sean Couturier injured his right knee again after playing in a charity game. He’ll be out 4-6 weeks, but should be back for the start of the regular season.

In other sports news, Ohio State suspended Urban Meyer three games and AD Gene Smith without pay from August 31 until the middle of September for their role in mishandling domestic assault allegations made against a former assistant coach. Somehow, they also didn’t mention the victim, Courtney Smith, throughout their press conference until the very end. Winning matters more.

The RPI is dead. Maybe the NCAA and college athletics should be as well. Just a thought.

Cowboys center Travis Frederick revealed that he has a rare auto immune disease:

The helmet rule won’t be changed. Goodbye to football as well?

Kawhi Leonard is thinking about staying in Toronto after this season.

A definite goodbye to ESPN Insider. It’ll merge with ESPN+.

In the news, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering using federal funds to try and arm teachers.

President Trump wants to study land seizures by South Africa, for some reason, after watching a Tucker Carlson report.

George Clooney is Forbes’ highest-paid actor.