If home runs are your thing, you were in luck last night.
The Phillies and Diamondbacks combined for an MLB record 13 home runs in Monday night’s game. All but four of the game’s runs were off dingers. That’s cool.
What isn’t cool was that Jerad Eickhoff started the game giving up back-to-back-to-back homers in the top of the first. That ain’t a typo. And he gave up five total homers in three innings (which were all five hits he allowed), totaling up seven runs with two strikeouts as the Phillies eventually lost 13-8.
The focus in this game is probably Eickhoff. In his first four starts and five total appearances, he didn’t allow a home run. In his last six starts, he’s allowed 16 homers, with nearly a third of them coming last night. He allowed one dinger in his June 4 win over San Diego, but he’s allowed at least two homers in all the other starts, which were no decisions or losses. Something has to be up.
Eight runs is still impressive for the Phillies offense. Scott Kingery had two home runs, Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, and Jay Bruce also had long balls, while Hoskins finished the night with two RBIs. Every position player outside the pitcher got a hit last night, except for Cesar Hernandez. But they gave up 13 runs. So it doesn’t matter.
The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Jon Duplantier. There probably won’t be 13 dingers tonight.
Carson Wentz discussed making Philly a long-term home in his press conference on Monday following his contract extension.
“I wanted this to be home for a long time, and ever since being drafted it’s felt like home. So as soon as we found something that was a win-win and a really fair opportunity I jumped at it.”
DeSean Jackson spent his Saturday night feeding the homeless.
Current Sixer (and hopefully it stays that way) Tobias Harris was named to Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Training Camp roster. Good for him.
Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher says recently acquired center Kevin Hayes has been “open-minded” in early preliminary talks and hasn’t visited the city. I don’t know why, but I would not be shocked if Hayes didn’t sign here. But I hope he does.
Before we get to the other sports news, please take a moment and appreciate Ilsinho’s unreal performance Saturday night for the Union against the Red Bulls.
In other sports news, the Warriors came back late to beat the Raptors 106-105 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. But Kevin Durant went down with an Achilles injury, and it sounds like a tear.
The Pelicans are open to a multiteam deal to trade Anthony Davis.
David Ortiz is in Boston to receive more treatment on his gunshot wound.
In the news, newsrooms are blaming big tech for taking their ad dollars.
OJ Simpson says “life is fine” 25 years after the murder of his wife.