Another Scorefest in Chicago

Another scorefest in Chicago as the Phillies win,15-10. The Philadelphia Phillies have found their offense and post a 15-10 victory that leads Chicago to their 11th consecutive loss. Former Phillie, Jake Arrieta couldn’t make it out of the second inning going 1 2/3 innings with 6 hits, 7 earned runs a pair of walks but striking out 4.

To the Action

Andrew McCutchen had the big blow with a first-inning grand slam. Philly kept their foot on the gas and ran to a 7-0 lead after two at-bats when Travis Jankowski scored on an error and Rhys Hoskins (3 for 5, 4 RBI) stroked a two-run double. Nic Pederson made it 7-1 with an RBI double in the third followed by a KrisBryant RBI single and a Javier Baez sac fly that cut it to 7-3.

Bryce Harper (5 for 6, 4 RBI) stroked a two-run double and Hoskins plated run number nine with a sac fly. The white-hot Baez connected on his first homer of the night but Hoskins would have an answer with a Mammoth home run that made 10-4. Jean Segura (4 for 6, 2RBI) stroked a two-run single before Bryce Harper did something he hasn’t done all year. Homered with men on base! 

“I didn’t really realize it until I got to 13 and [Andrew] Knapp said ‘Hey, man, you know you haven’t hit a homer with guys on base yet?’ I was like ‘Man, I’ve been that bad with guys on base, huh?’” Harper said. “To be able to come into the dugout today and Knapp said, ‘Hey, you did it. Finally.’ Here we go. Hopefully I can do that a couple more times.”

The Climax

Pederson picked up another RBI and Baez slammed a second home run and the Cubs were chipping away. But, it was a case of too little, too late. Aaron Nola went 6 innings surrendering 6 hits, 4 runs a walk, and striking out 8. Bailey Falter actually faltered a bit in his 1 2/3 innings allowing 5 runs off a half dozen hits. Jean Segura was in the lead-off spot as OdubelHerrera will have “a few days off”. Harper tied a career-high with his five hits and in just this game raised his batting average from .267 to a more respectable .282. The Phils have scored 28 runs in the two games with Chicago. Another scorefest in Chicago hopefully it continues.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.