Let the Second Guessing Begin, Phils Lose

Let the second guessing begin. For the second time in a week, Phillies Manager, Joe Girardi, made q questionable decision about his pitcher. Zack Wheeler, while pitching a gem, came out for the ninth inning after having escaped trouble in the 8th. Wheeler allowed a Yandy Diaz base-hit followed by a Kevin Kiermaier double before Francisco Meija crushed a three-run shot to give Tampa a 7-4 victory for their fourth consecutive victory,

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Wheeler went 8 innings allowing 10 hits, 5 earned runs, and 10 strikeouts off 102 pitches. Andrew McCutchen scored on a double-play ball. Wander Franco evened things with a double and scored when McCutchen dropped a fly ball. Yandy Diaz brought home the third run with a single. Followed by Brandon Lowe with a solo shot. Bryce Harper crushed a ball for a two-run homer and the teams were knotted up at 3-3.

Tampa took a 4-3 lead off an infield ground out from Randy Arozarena but, in the 8th, JT Realmuto led off with a sharp single which brought up Bryce Harper who bounced into a double play. Just when things looked bleak, Rhys Hoskins nailed the first pitch into the left-field seats to make it 4-4.

Then came the fateful ninth. Tampa leads the Majors with 253 runs scored after the sixth inning and improves to 79-43 for the season while Philadelphia drops to 63-62. Let the second guessing begin.

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.