It was Fun While it Lasted

It was fun while it lasted. Phillies win streak snapped on bullpen implosion. With two outs and two strikes, closer, Corey Knebel not only blew the save but, the game as well. Gavin Lux went from goat to hero with a two-run walk-off double to salvage one game for the Dodgers.

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To the Game:

Lux had an easy play on a Bryson Stott grounder. It’s not easy if you don’t make the play. The ball went between the legs of Lux with Philly going on to score four unearned runs.

“I’m sure (the error) was on Gavin’s mind all day long, I don’t want to say it’s the biggest win of the year with a short sample, but it’s a big one. Guys are feeling real good right now.”

Dodgers Manager, Dave Roberts.

Newly anointed lead-off hitter, Rhys Hoskins poked a two-run single with Garrett Stubb’s (2 hits) knocking in another. Aaron Nola flirted with disaster a few times but gave the Phils a quality 7 inning allowing just 4 hits, and 2 runs while walking two, and fanning 8. Philly had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded in the 7th that was ended with perhaps the most embarrassing at-bat in baseball history.

Odubel Herrera actually swung at a pitch that went between his legs…I kid you not. That was a harbinger of things to come. After a Mookie Betts solo shot, and a Betts RBI double off Jeurys Familia, it became simply a matter of Knebel putting the Dodgers down for the win.It was fun while it lasted.

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To The Finale

An old adage says, “the best-laid plans of Mice and Men”. Knebel was cruising and needed one strike to give Philly a 6-1 West Coast record. Cody Bellinger laced a two-out, two-strike triple followed by a Chris Taylor walk to bring up the embarrassed Lux who dumped a ball in the right-field corner to end the festivities.

LA improves to 21-12 with Philly dropping below the .500 mark again with a 17-18 record. The Phils return home after a travel day Monday to host the San Diego Padres. Philly posted 50 runs in the seven-game trip.

“Probably shouldn’t even have been in that situation anyway, so I kind of had to make up for earlier,” Lux said after his first career walk-off RBI.

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.