Your Monday Morning Roundup

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It keeps getting worse for the Phillies, who lost three of four to the San Francisco Giants.

Save the Phillie Phanatic copyright fight between the team and the mascot’s creators, the Phils have fallen to fourth in the NL East and have watched the surging Mets leapfrog them. They’re also now two games back of the Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

They got one-hit on Thursday night, but responded well the following evening thanks to two monster home runs by Bryce Harper, who wasn’t “overrated” for that night.

Saturday afternoon wasn’t as bad as Thursday, as the team got a run off three hits! Progress! But they still lost and Harper and Rhys Hoskins went a combined 0-for-7 in a 3-1 loss.

Finally, last night was a doozy. Neither team’s starter went past three innings, as Jake Arrieta gave up five runs off seven hits. He gave up two runs before recording an out in the first and Gabe Kapler sent Ranger Suarez to the bullpen to warm up. He ended up giving up a home run in the sixth.

After Corey Dickerson hit a sac fly to tie the game at six in the eighth, Jose Alvarez allowed a single but got two outs in the eighth. Which was good, but Kapler decided to go with Nick Pivetta for the final out. That took longer than expected. Kevin Pillar recorded an RBI triple on the next at-bat, followed by pitcher Will Smith recording a two RBI single on his first career at-bat en route to a 9-6 win. A disgrace.

The Phils are off today before starting a three-game series with the Cubs on Tuesday. Something could happen on the off-day, but we’ll see.

The Roundup:

Eagles training camp continues at NovaCare, but the news is still about Carson Wentz’s backup. It won’t be Nate Sudfeld for at least six weeks after he injured his wrist in Thursday night’s preseason loss to the Titans. But it could be Cody Kessler, or another free agent quarterback, perhaps even Colin Kaepernick.

Speaking of injuries, the Eagles waived/injured wide receiver Shelton Gibson in a somewhat noteworthy transaction. The team also worked out a veteran wide out:

The Sixers have reportedly hired former Pacers all-star center Roy Hibbert as a development coach.

The entire NBA schedule is being released later this afternoon.

Thanks to a Jack Elliott goal in the 78th minute, the Union edged the Houston Dynamo 2-1 to stay atop the Eastern Conference.

In ArenaBowl 32, the Soul fell to the Albany Empire 45-27. How sad.

In other sports news, Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown says he’ll retire if he can’t wear his old helmet.

The Orioles upset the Astros on Sunday, one of the biggest upsets in the last 15 years. Baltimore was a +420 underdog.

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake died suddenly at the age of 62.

In the news, at least 11 people were shot in Philly this weekend.

The death of Jeffrey Epstein has raised more questions than answers.

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