There were no heroics from former Pirates on Tuesday night.

After Sean Rodriguez hit a walk-off homer and called out the fans on Monday (with his wife defending him), it was a Phillie who never was a Pirate whose blunder cost the team a big game.

With the game tied at four with one out and runners at 1st and 2nd, Kevin Newman hit a ball to Cesar Hernandez who started what was going to be a double play to end the top of the ninth. Jean Segura’s throw to Rhys Hoskins was right on the money and it looked like the Phillies were on their way to try and win the game.


Hoskins simply dropped the ball and the Pirates scored a run off of it. They would hold on for the 5-4 win.

It’s been a very rough month for Hoskins. He’s been batting .120 in August and has seen his batting average dip each month from the .276 average he had in April and May. That error didn’t help either.

Drew Smyly nearly gave up a cycle in the first four at-bats of the game. Newman led the game off with a triple, Bryan Reynolds homered, and Starling Marte doubled before Josh Bell struck out. Elias Diaz did single to lead off the second. Altogether, Smyly gave up four runs off nine hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

The two teams wrap up their series tonight with a 6:05 PM start time on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Vince Velasquez takes the mound against Mitch Keller. After that comes a weekend series with the Mets.

The Roundup:

In what could be the biggest piece of Eagles news this week, DeSean Jackson reportedly broke his ring finger in practice. That’s bad. But he’s not expected to miss any time. We think. Depends on who you follow:

So we’ll see.

But this is also kind of big:

Elsewhere, the Birds picked up another linebacker, signing Hayes Pullard and releasing Asantay Brown. They also signed safety Jason Thompson and dropped Tre Sullivan.

Five Eagles made ESPN’s Top 100 NFL players list.

The Philadelphia Fusion, aka America’s Team, will play at The Met and Boardwalk Hall. I absolutely love it.

In other sports news, Kansas City Royals owner David Glass is negotiating to sell the team for over $1 billion.

Would Carli Lloyd be able to kick in the NFL? She’s serious about it, but it would probably happen in 2020.

Doug Gottlieb says another stupid thing about Andrew Luck and millenials.

In the news, Meek Mill’s court case is done and he’s off probation.

23 people were killed in a bar attack in southern Mexico.