The Phillies won a series against a bad team! As the great Borat would say, “Great success!”

A 12-run, 17-hit performance by the team’s offense helped them beat the Pirates 12-3 at home in the rubber match of their three-game series.

After Josh Bell’s home run in the fourth cut the Phils’ lead to 3-2, Corey Dickerson began the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off homer. The next five Phillies batters would get on base and score three runs in that span to increase their lead and chase starter Mitch Keller out of the game.

It was a bounce-back game for Rhys Hoskins as well, who batted cleanup instead of leading off. A night after his error at 1st cost the Phils a win and as he’s been in a month-long slump, Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. He didn’t need a night off. Also, one night after Sean Rodriguez got booed by his comments on the fans, he got booed yet again.

Vince Velasquez went five innings and gave up two runs off that Bell home run off a total of five hits with five strikeouts. Austin Davis and Edgar Garcia pitched two innings each and also allowed a pair hits with a strikeout.

The Phillies are idle tonight but will start a weekend series at home on the Friday with the Mets coming to town.

The Roundup:

The Eagles take on the New York Jets tonight at 7 PM on NBC 10 in their preseason finale. I hope you’re ready to watch a ton of Boston Scott and Ajene Harris!

In terms of the 53-man roster and perhaps having a new face show up at the last minute, the Birds reached out to the Texans in a possible trade for Jadeveon Clowney:

Although the Dolphins are regarded widely in NFL circles as a frontrunner to land Clowney with Miami general manager Chris Grier talking with him weeks ago in advance of his visit last weekend, should he agree to report and sign his $15.967 million tender, they’re not the only viable destination.

The Texans have worked the phones and have reached out to multiple teams about a potential trade for the former top overall pick from South Carolina, including two of his preferred teams: the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Other NFL teams the Texans are known to have spoken with, per sources, include Washington and the New York Jets.

Nothing has advanced with any of those teams, though.

Washington is regarded as a no-go at this time and they are unwilling to trade Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.

But Adam Schefter thinks a trade to the Eagles would be challenging to do.

The Flyers will be featured on the NHL Network’s “Behind the Glass” series as the team goes through training camp in September and early October.

Claude Giroux’s son is named “Gavin.” Can’t wait to see Gavin Giroux and Krew Harper dominating sports in 20 years.

Meanwhile, video game Claude Giroux has an 89 rating in NHL 20.

Joe Johnson and Spencer Hawes are expected to work out for the Sixers later today.

Temple (and Penn State) perform well in one of ESPN’s college football projections.

In other sports news, the NFL says Browns running back Kareem Hunt cannot be around the team’s facility during his eight-game suspension.

Kobe Bryant says there’s “nothin but love” after some more drama with Shaq.

There’s more dugout trouble with the Orioles.

In the news, Big Daddy Graham is progressing, which is great.

Six Flags Great Adventure will open the Jersey Devil Coaster in 2020, which will be “the tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster.” It’ll tower 13 stories and go as fast as 58 mph.