Disaster Averted

Disaster Averted with 6-5 Phillies win. While the rest of the world is slowly getting back to “normalcy”, the Phillies bullpen is ahead of the curve. After Zach Eflin weathered a 44-minute rain delay (no pun intended) he was outstanding with a 6 inning, 7 hits, 1 run and three strikeout performance.

The Moniak Maniacs rejoiced when Moniak connected for a three-run jack. That seemed to be the difference in the way Eflin was dealing. Only one problem. Brandon Kintzler got lit up and only survived 1/3 of an inning surrendering 3 hits, 3 runs but striking out 1.

Former Phillie, Darin Ruf supplied the damage with a three one-run blast. The Giants would scratch out a 5-4 lead after Andrew McCutchen dropped a fly ball to set the stage for the white-hot, Bryce Harper (2 for 4 with a walk) who blasted one to tie the score.

Bryce is our leader,” Moniak said. “Today, after losing that lead, it was tough. But having a guy like that come up and hit that big home run and come in the dugout and fire us up, it gave us a sense of encouragement.”

Onto the ninth, they would go. Harper drew a five-pitch walk. Brad Miller picked up his fourth hit of the game. It was time for Andrew Knapp to center stage. He did just by knocking Harper home with the walk-off single. Disaster averted in the 9th with some Phillie’s fireworks.

“I love when Knappy does good things,” Eflin said. “We knew if he came up with a runner in scoring position, it was going to be game over because he expresses confidence in those situations. He’s cool, calm, and collected.”

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.