Another great chance at trimming the Braves’ lead in the NL East. And once again, the Phillies failed to capitalize.
The good news is the team did take home a win on Friday as Rhys Hoskins’ solo homer lifted the Phils to a 4-3 victory. Aaron Nola went seven innings and gave up three runs on three hits and earned his 16th win of the year.
But things went south for the rest of the weekend. On Saturday, Zach Eflin went just three innings and gave up six runs off four hits and three walks while Adam Morgan gave up two runs off three hits in 1/3 of an inning as the Phils were doubled up by the Mets 10-5. While the pitching wasn’t good, the offense left 12 batters on base. That’s not good at all.
Then, on Sunday, after a short rain delay that made the Mets scratch Jacob deGrom from his start, Vince Velasquez gave up four runs in the bottom of the fifth as New York took home the series with a 6-4 win. The Phillies have lost 10 of their last 16 games to the Mets, which is pretty freaking bad if you ask me.
With Atlanta winning two of their last three games against the Diamondbacks, the Braves lead the Phillies by 4.5 games in the division. They’re also 4.5 games back for the second wild card spot, behind the Brewers and Cardinals who are in those spots currently, as well as the Dodgers and D-Backs. So say bye bye to the wild card.
The Phillies have some guys that will play through injuries for the remainder of the month. Roman Quinn has a right pinkie toe fracture, but has to wait for the swelling to go down first. Meanwhile, Maikel Franco should be back soon from his swollen wrist.
The team returns home tonight where they’ll host the Nationals for a three-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 PM with Jake Arrieta on the mound.
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Doug Pederson spoke to the media on Friday and once again had to give ANOTHER explanation for the difference between the Philly Special and Philly Philly.
With Nigel Bradham and Deiondre’ Hall coming back from suspension, the team waived safety Tre Sullivan. He was the one who touched the ball on a punt in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Eagles could still be adding some weapons. Could former Texan Braxton Miller be the newest Eagle (on the practice squad)?
The Eagles’ release of Greg Ward and Rashard Davis from the practice squad on Friday paved the way for Miller to sign with the team.
Miller was drafted by the Texans in the third round (85th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has not been much of a factor in his two-year professional career, and was released at 53-man cutdowns.
In some other really good news, Carson Wentz could be back by Week 3 or possibly even this week against the Buccaneers.
Former Sixer Mo Cheeks entered the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. He gave a tearful enshrinement speech:
The Flyers will be without veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald for at least six weeks due to a lower-body injury. He’ll probably miss the start of the regular season.
Could that potentially open up a spot for a rookie to take his spot? What about anywhere else?
Temple football lost their second game of the season to Buffalo 36-29 at the Linc.
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Speaking of Dallas, Dez Bryant trolled his former team after they lost to Carolina.
The Montreal Canadiens traded Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights for Tomas Tarar, Nick Suzuki, and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
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