Defense Steals the Show in Miami

Not much offense but the defense steals the show in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. Spencer Howard went 4 innings allowing just 2 hits 1 run with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. That would enough to secure a 3-2 Phillies win. That makes it a split of the four-game series against the Miami Marlins.

The defense was the story in this one. Stellar plays from Roman Quinn with a diving catch of a sinking liner. Ronald Torreyes with a great fielding play. Rhys Hoskins cutting off an Odubel Herrera throw to double up a runner at third was what this defense has been missing. Rookie Catcher, Rafael Marchan made a very savvy veteran-like play to pick off Miguel Rojas at first base.

Philadelphia only scratched out eight hits but made them count. Rhys Hoskins (1 for 3 and a walk) slammed his team-leading 11th homerun. Matt Joyce connected for a Sac fly and Torreyes also added an RBI on a Fielder’s Choice. Jesus Aguilar and Garrett Cooper supplied the Marlins runs. Defense steals the show in this four-game finale.

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.