Your Monday Morning Roundup
What’s up with the Phillies against the Marlins? Seriously.
For some reason, the Phils haven’t been able to take advantage of how bad the fish are this season. Here’s Miami’s record against the entire NL East:
- Braves: 4-15
- Nationals: 3-10
- Mets: 4-11
- Phillies: 9-7
The team didn’t have Bryce Harper, who was on paternity leave, for the entire weekend. They might have needed him, but once the baby’s coming, that becomes the priority. Maikel Franco made his return to the club on Friday, which started great. The Phils took a 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the third. Things looked good, and then Miami scored seven in the bottom half of the inning. That chased Vince Velasquez out of the game before Juan Nicasio injured himself after two pitches. Nick Pivetta came in, the Phils regained a two-run lead, and then gave up five runs in the fifth.
In total: The Phillies’ pitchers gave up 19 runs (15 earned) off 19 hits (four home runs) and three walks with eight strikeouts. Miami won 19-11.
The scoring was contained for the remainder of the weekend, except in the fourth when the Phillies tacked on six runs in the inning en route to a 9-3 win. Zach Eflin pitched six solid innings and gave up two runs off six hits with two strikeouts. Corey Dickerson had five RBI in the game.
Despite a good outing by Aaron Nola, the Phillies were unable to take the series in a 3-2 loss. Rhys Hoskins put the Phils up 2-0 on a two-run shot in the top of the sixth after Cesar Hernandez failed to hustle, but Aaron Nola’s hiccup came in the bottom half of the inning as he gave up an RBI single to Jon Berti and a two-RBI double to Starlin Castro.
The Phils are 1.5 games back of the second wild card spot currently held by the Cubs. They return home tonight to face the Pirates at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jason Vargas takes the mound against Joe Musgrove.
The Eagles return to practice after Thursday night’s fantastic 26-15 loss to the Ravens. One of the greatest games ever. This is the week where all the backups/guys that won’t make the team play against the Jets.
Donovan McNabb put $100 on the Eagles winning the Super Bowl again. Good for him.
Ben Simmons not only has a jump shot, but also a meat pie and sausage roll endorsement with Four’N Twenty.
Thanks to a three-goal spurt in the first 36 minutes of the match, the Union took care of D.C. United 3-1 at home. They’ll host Atlanta United next weekend.
Villanova helped open the college football season with a 27-point second quarter en route to a 34-14 win over Colgate.
In other sports news, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck abruptly retired.
Could Daniel Jones be pretty good?
Tony Bruno is linking up with 97.3 ESPN.
In the news, Diner en Blanc is garbage.
Tropical Storm Dorian is becoming a hurricane.