They only needed one strike to hold on for the win. They didn’t get it. And ended up losing.
After a good Vince Velasquez start on Monday, the Phillies sent Aaron Nola on the mound. He was alright, giving up five runs off seven hits with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, with four of them coming in the sixth and seventh innings. Before then, the Phils got up to a 6-1 lead and took Stephen Strasburg out after four innings. Bryce Harper hit a nice dinger to left.
But with one strike left in the ninth, Victor Robles hit a game-tying home run off Edubray Ramos. Washington would then pile on four more runs in the 10th to steal a 10-6 win:
Free baseball in Philly courtesy of Victor Robles. pic.twitter.com/01UeNQvsSZ
— MLB (@MLB) April 10, 2019
Just one more strike. That’s all you needed. Nothing more painful than that. But Nola’s final few appearances were a reason why Washington were still in this thing. After the fourth inning, the Phillies’ offense just died out.
One more game left in this series, which is tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia+. Nick Pivetta will take on Jeremy Hellickson.
In Dwyane Wade’s final home game, the Sixers fell to the Heat 122-99. And that’s honestly fine. The team has the #3 seed clinched and you don’t need to have everyone playing in a meaningless game. Greg Monroe led the team with 18 points, while normal starters Ben Simmons (16), Tobias Harris (6), and Jimmy Butler (4) all played. One piece of good news was that Furkan Korkmaz got some playing time for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury in February. He scored two points in seven and a half minutes.
Sixers host Chicago tonight at 8 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia in the regular season finale. Here’s the East standings as of now:
With the playoffs coming, the Sixers are bringing back the “Phila Unite” campaign. Love the move.
The Eagles’ preseason schedule was released. The highlight is a Week 2 visit to Nick Foles’ new home in Jacksonville. They host Tennessee in Week 1 and Baltimore in Week 3 before traveling up I-95 to face the Jets in the annual backup/third team/practice squad showcase game.
The Flyers will pick 11th in this year’s NHL Draft. Here’s the rest of the top 15:
Final order of the top 15 picks for the #NHLDraft:
1st – NJD (3rd-best odds)
2nd – NYR (6th-best odds)
3rd- CHI (12th-best odds)
4th – COL (via OTT)
5th – LAK
6th – DET
7th – BUF
8th – EDM
9th – ANA
10th – VAN
11th – PHI
12th – MIN
13th – FLA
14th – ARI
15th – MTL
— Larry Wong (@LarryWong84) April 10, 2019
In other sports news, Magic Johnson resigned as president of the Lakers.
Dirk Nowitzki announced he’s also retiring.
In the news, the first-ever photo of a black hole is out.
A professional sports better set a Jeopardy record by winning over $110,000 in a single game.